Iím simmering with unexploded anger, Iím set to blow like 20 tons of TNT. The Muse dropped by the other night - but dangíer! She up and left, didnít even stay for tea! I honestly canít blame her for departing, Iím sure she had good grounds to walk away. Just think: the Muse, at night, in my apartment. Imagine that! What would the neighbors say? Yet I am hurt, Iím feeling sad and weakened, I wasnít even worth a one-night stand! And yet with Blake, I hear, she hung our every weekend. With Byron, she would stay for weeks on end. I hurried to my desk, for greatness famished. Here comes an epic poem, nothing less! But she is gone, my inspiration vanished, As did 10 dollars - for a cab, I guess. I pace the dirty floor, all hot and bothered. Still, I forgive her, even though itís tough. She went away, she left me for another, My company just wasnít good enough. The giant cake with candles meant to dazzle Has crumbled, and Iím down with the blues. My so-called friends, meanwhile, have found and guzzled The French champagne intended for the Muse. The years slip by like undiscovered island. My life has soured like mediocre wine. She went away in enigmatic silence, And yet she left me two amazing lines. Two perfect lines - no poet ranks above me! Now fame and fortuneís sure to come my way! Two perfect lines: ďThou art so temperate and lovely! Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?Ē
© Mika Tubinshlak. Translation, 2009
[Adapted from a translation by Serge Elnitsky]
© Mika Tubinshlak. Performance, 2009
© Vadim Astrakhan. Performance, 2017