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.

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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…


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