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O, we are so afraid, I and you
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| O, we are so afraid, I and you… |
written by Osip Mandelstam
|From Moscow Notebooks. See also Poems. Translated from Russian by Dmitri Smirnov (D. Smirnov-Sadovsky). In Russian: Куда как страшно нам с тобой.||Link to further information|
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O, we are so afraid, I and you,
My friend with the big beak!
Ah, our tobacco is crumbling,
O, Nutcracker, my dear, little fool.
One could whistle through life as a starling,
And eat a nut cake after it,
But we can’t do it — it’s clear…