Ivan Vazov

In cruel passion

 In cruel passion, your love letters
To the fiery grate I took,
I felt pain beyond enduring
And from horror stunned, I shook.

And then I heard the flaming blaze
As it crackled, mean and fell:
Madman, so you seek oblivion
Why not chuck your heart as well!

Ivan Vasov

translation by Christopher Buxton


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