Marina Tsvetaieva

Aviary Photo_130585482826196944the spirit is my beloved. To come to things—swift
as a ray of light, or a look.
To live as I write: spare—the way
God asks me—and friends do not.
Tsvetaieva, Marina (1919)
 http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/243630
New versions from the Russian by Ilya Kaminsky and Jean Valentine.
You can also go to the  poetry foundation site to read the translators’ notes.
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