Last Lines

Now good-bye, my friend, good-bye, my darling.
In my heart I keep you safe with me.
Our predestined parting gives a promise
Of a meeting in the time to be.

Now good-bye, my friend, no hand clasped, no word spoken.
Do not let me vex or sadden you.
In this life there’s nothing new in dying,
And, in truth, to live is nothing new.

Sergei Yesenin
(trans. C.M. Bowra)