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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading Hamlet

To the right, wasteland by the cemetery,
Beyond it the river’s dull blue.
You said: ‘Go, get thee, to a nunnery
Or get a fool to marry you…’

Though that’s always how Princes speak,
Still, I’ve remembered the words.
As an ermine mantle let them stream,
Behind him, through endless years.

Anna Akhmatova
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Second Polish Corps

My patient lay in the hospital bed
Unshaven, smelling of urine,
And bitten by lice,
Of no fixed abode,
Living on the street,
And unemployed,
Without family or friends.
In his Slavic accent
He declared
‘I fought at Monte Cassino.’
And my junior doctors in their ignorance
Remained unmoved by man or by history.
And I turned to them
With my hand on the shoulder
Of my patient,
To address them on the greatness
Of the Second Polish Corps
And the infinite value
Of all human beings.

Dr John Martin
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Girlfriend

"I will not part! -- There is no end!" She clings and clings...
And in the breast -- the rise
Of threatening waters,
Of notes...Steadfast: like an immutable
Mystery: we will part!

Marina Tsvetaeva
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You

You came –
determined,
because I was large,
because I was roaring,
but on close inspection
you saw a mere boy.
You seized
and snatched away my heart
and began
to play with it –
like a girl with a bouncing ball.
And before this miracle
every woman
was either a lady astounded
or a maiden inquiring:
“Love such a fellow?
Why, he'll pounce on you!
She must be a lion tamer,
a girl from the zoo!”
But I was triumphant.
I didn’t feel it –
the yoke!
Oblivious with joy,
I jumped
and leapt about, a bride-happy redskin,
I felt so elated
and light.

Vladimir Mayakovsky
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silentium

Silence: hide yourself, conceal
your feelings and your dreams –
let them rise and set once more
in the abyss of your spirit,
silent, white stars in the night –
wonder at them – and be silent.

How can one’s own heart speak?
How can another know?
Will they see what you live by?
A thought once spoken is a lie:
troubling the streams, you cloud them –
drink from them – and be silent.

Know how to live deep inside –
there’s a universe in your mind
of mysterious thoughts, enchantments:
they’ll be drowned by World outside
they’ll be driven off by daylight –
hear them singing – and be silent! …

Fyodor Tyútchev
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FreakingTea



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
Name of this talented poet, please? Or do Stormfront members not have them?


Bwahahaha! Keep the commie verses coming!

I'm rather partial to this poem by Comrade Mao:

Ode to the Plum Blossom (1961)

Wind and rain escorted Spring's departure,
Flying snow welcomes Spring's return.
On the ice-clad rock rising high and sheer
A flower blooms sweet and fair.
Sweet and fair, she craves not Spring for herself alone,
To be the harbinger of Spring she is content.
When the mountain flowers are in full bloom
She will smile mingling in their midst.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Hadn't read this before. Thanks for sharing.
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FreakingTea



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a book of Mao's poems. In China he's known for his poetry and calligraphy. Here are some more:

http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/poems/

I really like the classical Chinese style and aesthetic being used to convey his utter devotion to the people. It's exhilarating.

I'm also a big fan of classical Japanese poetry in the vein of the Ono no Komachi poem that was shared in this thread, though that particular translation doesn't convey the beauty of the original language at all, which for me is the main appeal. I'm sure you know what I mean with the Russian poetry you've shared. (My degree was in Japanese and I studied Old Japanese for a bit just because I wanted to appreciate the old poetry better.)

I do hope to get to a point at which I can use Russian poems to study Russian. Still got a ways to go, though.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link. Will read through this.

I have to confess that I also still have quite a way to go towards being able to fully appreciate Russian originals. This must surely be the most distant objective any language learner can have. I can appreciate the rhythm and musicality of the original, of course - but then any non-Russian speaker can do the same, more or less. I still rely on translations though, and commentaries, to get a deeper sense of the meaning being conveyed.

So, we both have to keep up our efforts! Best of luck to you.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gypsy Wedding

Dirt flies
From under the hooves.
Shawl like a shield
Over the face.
Newlyweds, have fun
Without the young!
Eh, carry them out,
Disheveled stallion!
We didn't have freedom
Under mother and dad,
The whole field for us
Is marital bed!
Full without bread and without wine drunk -
Thus the gypsy wedding does run!
Full is the glass.
Empty is the glass.
Guitar sound, dirt and moon.
To right and to left swings the den.
Gypsy - to knight!
To gypsy - knight!
Hey mister, careful - it burns!
Thus drinks gypsy wedding!
There, on the shawls'
And fur-coats' heap
There's ringing and rustling
Of steel and lips.
Ringing of spurs,
Necklaces - in return.
Silk has whistled
Under someone's hand.
Someone has howled like a wolf,
Someone like a bull is snoring.
Thus sleeps the gypsy wedding.

Marina Tsvetaeva
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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There once was a Sasha from Nantucket

Warm regards,
fat_chris
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting premise, Fat_chris. How does this one develop? Very Happy
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it's that time of year again, time for my dreaded Christmas poem:

The Meaning of Christmas

Beneath the colored lights and noise,
The shopping frenzy and the ads,
The TVs’ touting “must have” toys,
The crowds, the Musak, this year’s fads,
Beneath all that, unsullied still,
By all the shrill commercial lures,
The Christmas prayer of goodwill,
Of peace and piety endures.

And even though it often seems
That Santa has replaced the Child,
That elves and reindeer reign supreme,
That Christmas Day has been defiled,
Within each soul, so deep and true,
The meaning of the season lives.
And every year we learn anew
How blessed is the one who gives.

Yet what we search for in the mall,
And what we place under our trees
Has no importance, none at all
The things themselves are not what please.
Instead it is because they show
The love that presents represent.
Receiving them, we come to know
How much our being here has meant.

And when we give, it is a part
Of ourselves that we want to share.
Each gift is sent forth from the heart
To show how very much we care.
At Christmas time we bring to mind
What we should know throughout the year,
That we belong to humankind
And we must hold each other dear.
____________________________

May you all have a Joyous and Blessed Christmas

John and Mary Ann Slattery
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Johnslat

Thank you so much for your contribution. A poem which well expresses the hollow consumerism of the decadent West - bravo!

Wishing you and yours the very best this MarXmas Day!


Sasha
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A flame is in my blood

A flame is in my blood
burning dry life, to the bone.
I do not sing of stone,
now, I sing of wood.

It is light and coarse:
made of a single spar,
the oak’s deep heart,
and the fisherman’s oar.

Drive them deep, the piles:
hammer them in tight,
around wooden Paradise,
where everything is light.

Osip Mandelstam
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