Valentin Berestov (undated photograph) / Image courtesy of Pskov's Centralized Library System
[NOTE: As I have done in previous years, I'm posting a nativity poem for the Christmas season. Enjoy!]
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by Valentin Berestov
Every year, when Christ is born,
beauty comes into the world.
flood with light.
holds your weight.
January snow grants you speed.
It glitters and blushes at noon,
it gleams in the half-light of the moon.
And every January day
outstretches its own yesterday.
And each night feels just the time
for feasting, revelry, and wine.
Translated from the Russian by Jamie Olson
Translator’s note: Russian Orthodox Christians, who follow the Julian calendar for all church holidays, celebrate Christmas on January 7, not December 25.
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