From the Silver Age: Velemir Khlebnikov

Once Again, Once Again…

Once again, once again,
I’m for you
A star.
Woe to the sailor who sets
His ship on the wrong course
By a star:
He will break up on the rocks.

On an underwater sandbar.
Woe then to you when you set
Your heart on a wrong course by me:
You will break up on the rocks,
And the rocks will laugh long
At you,
As you laughed long
At me.

Velemir Khlebnikov (1885-1922), tr. by Gary Kern.

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