In Petrovsky Park

by Vladislav Khodasevich

1886-1939
He hung without swaying
Thin belt on branch's bend.
His hat - a black remainder
Marred freshly combed sand.
Left palm pierced by the nails,
Of still yet stiffened hand.

The sun ascended slowly
For noon its horses set,
He faced the morning Helios
In somber tet-a-tet.
The man with frozen eyelids -
A risen silhouette.

And focused, focused, focused
His gaze was on the east.
Below, a crowd gathered
The voices hushed and triste.
Slim belt almost obscured
By early morning mist.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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