And the toothed paw of the maple

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And Schubert on the water Octets (VIII) ~ And the toothed paw of the maple…
written by Osip Mandelstam
Tell me, Desert Draftsman
From Moscow Notebooks. See also Poems. Translated from Russian by Dmitri Smirnov. In Russian: И клёна зубчатая лапа. Link to further information


And the toothed paw of the maple
Bathes in the round angles,
We can from the butterflies of flecks
To compose figures on the walls.
5 There are some mosques living,
And I understood this right now:
That perhaps, we — Hagia Sophia
with the countless set of eyes.

November 1933 —
January 1934, Moscow

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