The inscription on the book

When the wind dies down and the leaves of shepherd's purse
even rustle through inertia or because of
serenity - this property is green –
and eye lingers on illustration
Wallpaper, figure on the calendar,
bonds, moth Coliseum
nolikov, you - if you were caught on
under hostile vortex wails, bullseye, swearing helmsman –
Differences in silence, as a feather rustling,
helping to green grass to say "it's over".

1993

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