I loved this one.  Something about Tatar children bathing horses in Alushta that conveys a secure, happy world and an activity repeated over generations.  I hope I can be calm like those Tatar children.

And how did the idea come to Mandelstam?  Did he see these children bathing their horses?  He seems to know it was a regular activity, so did he see it more than once?  Or read about it?

And are horses still bathed in Alushta?

‘Calmly, without getting excited – the way Tatar children bathe their horses in Alushta.’

Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas, London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011, p. 79

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