rossuf (rossuf) wrote in linguaphiles,

What's this image?

Hi All,

Can't seem to figure out this image:

К сумеркам Лупу с сожалением отбрасывал топорик, спички, и отмывал дрожащие руки в серебряном тазике, лежащем под южной стеной домой. Металлический месяц молдавской ночи нежно покалывал его в щеку, приняв обличье сухой виноградной лозы, которую давно пора со стены убрать, да руки не доходят.

So, the moon is appearing to poke the guy in the cheek, or the house? The referent gramatically is the house, though this makes no sense, unless my mind is just not poetic enough to catch the reference. How does the moon resemble a dried up grapevine along the side of a house?

Any help much appreciated.

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