Poems

O This Air, Intoxicated With Sedition

O this air, intoxicated with sedition,
On the black square of the Kremlin.
The agitators rock the teetering world .
It smells of restless poplars.

The waxen facades of the cathedrals,
The thick forest of bells,
As if a tongueless bandit
Had vanished in the stony rafters.

But in the sealed cathedrals,
Where it is cool and dark,
Like in delicate clay amphoras,
The Russian wine sparkles.

The whole Assumption, wonderfully rotund,
The marvel of the arches of Paradise.
And the Annunciation, in green,
Suddenly seems to start to crow.

The Archangel and Resurrection
Show through like a palm,
Everywhere the secret burning, --
In the wine jugs a hidden flame.



Poem topics: , ,

Rate this poem:

Add O This Air, Intoxicated With Sedition poem to your favorites

Add Poet Osip Emilevich Mandelstam to your favorites

Popular Poets

Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin (3 poems)
Edith Nesbit (220 poems)
Robert Cunninghame-Graham (1 poems)
Khalil Gibran (1 poems)
James Chadwick (1 poems)
Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (4 poems)
Jasper Mayne (1 poems)
Etheridge Knight (2 poems)
Dora Sigerson Shorter (1 poems)
Eleanor Rogers Cox (3 poems)

Popular Poems

Disillusioned - By An Ex-Enthusiast, by William Schwenck Gilbert
Margarita, by Boris Pasternak
From The Flats., by Sidney Lanier
Five Little Toes At Night, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ravenna, by Oscar Wilde
Sonnet 032: If Thou Survive My Well-Contented Day, by William Shakespeare
If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'D, by John Keats
Café Talk, by Thomas Blackburn
No!, by Thomas Hood
The Faithful Guardian, by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton