The Romance of Naval Officers (Unona and Avos)

Engagement

RUSSIAN PRIEST:
I betrother Lord’s slave Nicolai with Lord’s slave Konchita. Is Lord’s slave Nicolai willing?

TOASTS AND SHOUTING

EVERYONE:
You will wake me up in early morning,
And, still barefoot, will see me out.
You will never,you will never forget me,
You will never, you will never again see me.

Shielding your tiny frame from the cold…

REZANOV:
Shielding your tiny frame from the cold,
I’ll think to myself: “Lord Almighty!
I will…

TOASTS AND SHOUTING

KONCHITA IN SPANISH

REZANOV:
She is – crying?!

TRANSLATOR:
No, no! On the contrary! She is saying…

REZANOV:
Enough! I understand…

KONCHITA:
I know, the sooner you leave, the sooner we will always be together. I wish you wouldn’t leave, I wish you would leave sooner, take me with you, beloved. I will be your sail on your journey, I will betoken storms with my tears. It seems to me like I am loosing you….

REZANOV:
The unblinking and teary from the wind
Brown-cherry eyes hopelessly stare.
They say to look back is a bad omen,
I will never, will never again see you.

To the height of the meaningless heavens
These two phrases will rise from this era:
I will never, will never forget you,
I will never, I will never again see you.

KONCHITA:
I will never, will never forget you…

REZANOV:
I will never, I will never again see you…

KONCHITA:
I will never, will never forget you…

REZANOV:
I will never, I will never again see you…

KONCHITA:
I will never, will never forget you…

REZANOV:
I will never, I will never again see you….

About Julie Deshtor

Julie Deshtor grew up in the Soviet Union during the turbulent 90's, and moved to the United States shortly after the Soviet Empire collapsed in 1991. A bilingual author, Julie writes both fiction and poetry, as well as translating poetry and lyrics. She brings her rich cultural and life experienced to her fiction, exploring the psychological struggles of her characters with compassion and insight, as they navigate the murky waters of the modern society. Julie currently resides in Utah, USA. Her interests include art, world literature, zoology, anthropology and urban subculture
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