I am an end and a beginning.
So little spun from all my spinning!
I’ve been a firm link nonetheless;
with that good fortune I’ve been blessed.
New Russia enters on her greatness;
they’ll carve my head two-faced, like Janus,
at crossroads, looking down both ways,
where wind and sand, and many days…
by Владислав Фелицианович Ходасевич (Vladislav Felitsianovich Khodasevich)
translated by Michael Frayn