9 I broke your heart. Now barefoot I tread on shards. 17 Why is the word yes so brief? It should be the longest, the hardest, so that you could not decide in an instant to say it, so that upon reflection you could stop in the middle of saying it. 18 —Sing me The Song of Songs
Vera Pavlova is a Russian writer and the author of several poetry collections, including If There is Something to Desire: One Hundred Poems (Knopf, 2010). Her poems have been translated into more than twenty different languages.