Modern Russian Poetry/"Upon This Wild Headland"
"UPON THIS WILD HEADLAND"
Upon this wild headland, crowned meanly with indigent
And withering bush and the pitiful green of the pine-
The aged Meniskos, a sorrowful fisherman laid
His son who had perished. His youth the sea, motherwise,
That sea whose wide lap took him back, who resistlessly
In death, and who carefully carried the young body shore-
Then mourning Meniskos went forth, and beneath the
He dug him a grave, a plain stone he set for a mark on
And hung overhead a coarse net he had woven of
A fisherman's wreath to be poverty's bitter memento.