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Already everywhere – farewell . . .

Written by Dmytro Chystiak

Translated from the Ukrainian by Hilary Sheers

Narrated by Kristine Doll

Already everywhere – farewell. And the hand trembles

On silhouettes, so caressed for years,

The whole body is a tear not yet shed,

All yearnings – like a storm will descend

Into the sea’s abyss that lay between us.

Your ebbs and flows are a lament

My shore a lonely standing still,

“Freeze! Freeze! – an aspen on a pier

Trembles and entices – for a lasting farewell,

As you gave another, when you did not know

You could not (forever!) overcome terrible love –

And cursed…

We are different, we are strangers,

In secret we let our blood grow cold,

We did not sharpen knives in battle,

But war – like seas – will not pass,

But war – like seasons – will not pass,

It will cut kinsmen over new lands,

Strange and different lands…

Go forth, swim,

The hand trembles, but do not wait for tears,

Do not wait for storms – they will not break shores

Near the sea, do not throw stones:

We are different. A pillar of salt stands still


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