Shape Ships To Seek by Vladislav Khodasevich

Shape ships to seek some shining shore,

or, if you choose, chirp chants in churches.

But seize your chance – shout one shy cheer,

and shoot up starwards, sharp and sheer…

I shift the chairs – a cheerless chore…

What tosh you chunter in these searches

for shoes and spectacles, to be sure!


by Владислав Фелицианович Ходасевич (Vladislav Felitsianovich Khodasevich)


translated by Michael Frayn


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Poetry, theatre, literature, films, reviews and various other matters. Primarily Russian and Welsh subjects.

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