Jewish Russian-American Culture · Jewish Russian-American Literature · Poetry · Yiddish Language Poet

Anna Margolin

My days take root in stones.
Growing causes so much pain.
But the blueness above them
is altogether more ethereal, purer.

As with slender, gnarled branches
which tarries a while and is gone
they would weave a heaven
over me, and over my silence.

— Anna Margolin, “My days Take Root in Stones,” Drunk from the Bitter Truth: The Poems of Anna Margolin. (State University of New York Press September 15, 2005) Translated from the original Yiddish by Shirley Kumove. 


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