Sergei Yesenin

The Cow

Decrepit, with no more teeth, A scroll of years on her horns. The rough herdsman has been beating her On the fields she crossed. Her heart doesn't fancy noise; Mice are scratching in the corner. She is thinking sad thoughts About a white-legged calf. They never gave the mother her son. Her first joy came to naught. On a stake under an aspen The wind ruffled his skin. Soon, with a wheat rope, Mirroring her son's fate, They will put a noose on her neck And lead her to slaughter. Plaintively, sadly and thinly The horns will stick in the ground... She dreams of a white grove And fields of grass.

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