Osip Mandelstam

You took away all the oceans and all the room. You gave me my shoe-size in earth with bars around it. Where did it get you? Nowhere. You left me my lips, and they shape words, even in silence.

You took away all the oceans and all the room.
You gave me my shoe-size in earth with bars around it.
Where did it get you? Nowhere.
You left me my lips, and they shape words, even in silence.

4 thoughts on “Osip Mandelstam”

  1. the last line is truly the feeling of loss after a relationship. talking in silence. still used to seeing the person even remembering what they would say or how they would react to a situation. still taking. but no one hearing anymore.

  2. A happier note . . .
    When Grandma fell off the boat,
    And couldn’t swim (and wouldn’t float),
    Matilda just stood by and smiled.
    I almost could have slapped the child.

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