Category Archives: Poems

A WWII poem by a Soviet Soldier

This is a poem written by a Russian (Soviet) soldier during World War II, right before Soviet Union launched a defensive counter attack against Hitler’s army. It had such an impact on me that I had to translate it. *** … Continue reading

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The album Two Fates by Astrakhan and Naumov – Vysotsky in English

Vadim Astrakhan, in collaboration with Yuri Naumov, has just released his new CD of Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs translated into English – “Two Fates“. As a little girl living in Moscow, I was immersed in the world of Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs. … Continue reading

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I think that i would like to die tonight (poem)

I think that I would like to die tonight; I am so tired of this endless war. Yet here I stand again, prepared to fight For things that do not matter anymore. I am the door you slam when you … Continue reading

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You need to know

You need to know that my smile ain’t real; This merriment is worth its weight in blood. You need to know that I don’t belong here, That I would rather fade into the dark. You need to know that my … Continue reading

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monsters

We pretend to be badder then we are, monsters, living in shadows of all our fears, in the falling ashes of our past alone with our badness, alone. And the flash of a blade in the night means nothing is … Continue reading

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When life is a bitch

When I find myself backed up against a brick wall, when I’m too proud to fight and too tired to crawl, when my lovers have gambled my secrets away, and I can’t find a pen, and there’s nothing to say, … Continue reading

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Don’t shout revolution in my ear

Don’t shout “revolution” in my ear; It is an ugly, unforgiving term within which all illusions disappear, and cities starve to death, and towns burn. Don’t question peace if you have not seen war with its perfume of stale shit … Continue reading

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All of your lies My sacrifice Unheld untied That’s it release me to the night Tomorrow is another day It’s all the same the pain your name. You? Who? Before the darkness falls I won’t remember you at all. 2005

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Forgive me if I have been cold, the game you play has gotten old, the pain is catching up with me. I cannot waltz alone forever, or hold a hand that isn’t there. The love we shared couldn’t bear the … Continue reading

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Burning childish fallacies …

I am trying to salvage my cities from the rabble, fashioning new buildings from the smoldering bricks. A realm you can’t transcend, murky, like the tears, balls of liquid mercury rolling down my cheeks, are incomprehensible to my k-9 soul … Continue reading

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