January 02, 2006

Daniil Kharms

Falling out grannies

A granny, overcome by her curiosity
Fell out of the window
Crashed on the ground and died.

From the window out stuck her head
Another granny,
Looking down for the crashed one.
But overcome by her curiosity
She too fell out, crashed and died.

Then there was the third, the fourth and the fifth granny.
After the sixth has fallen out
I got bored of looking at them.

Instead I went to the Maltsevskii market
Where, they say, someone gave a knitted shawl to a blind man

<02.01.2006>

Original:

Вываливающиеся старухи

Одна старуха от чрезмерного любопытства
вывалилась из окна, упала и разбилась.
Из окна высунулась другая старуха и ста-
ла смотреть вниз на разбившуюся, но от чрез-
мерного любопытства тоже вывалилась из окна,
упала и разбилась.
Потом из окна вывалилась третья старуха,
потом четвертая, потом пятая.
Когда вывалилась шестая старуха, мне на-
доело смотреть на них, и я пошел на Мальцев-
ский рынок, где, говорят, одному слепому по-
дарили вязаную шаль.

<1936-1937>


- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. very interesting~ translate more~

    03 Jan 2006, 01:24

  2. I agree…

    04 Jan 2006, 05:20


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