(You and me)

A book on a shelf: in profile.

A book in hand: full face.

Dear book, promised hour

has arrived, the night lamp

has been lit.  You and me, alone.

Fling your pages wide open,

with all your letters

cling to me.

Vera Pavlova, from her new book, Album for the Young (and Old), translated from the Russian by Steven Seymour and published by Alfred A. Knopf.