They tooksuddenlyand tookopenly
took mountainsand took their entrails,
they took coal and took steel,
from us, lead they tookand crystal.
They took the sugar, and took the clover,
they took the North and took the West,
they took the beehive, and took the haystack,
they took the South from us, and the East.
Varithey took and Tatrasthey took,
they took our fingerstook our friends
but we're not done for
as long as there's spit in our mouths!
--from Poems to Czechia
Russian, trans. Jean Valentine
& Ilya Kaminsky
Maria Tsvetaeva, Russian, trans. Jean Valentine & Ilya Kaminsky, 2009.