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Aleksandr Blok Poems
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A Girl Sang a Song

A girl sang a song in the temple's chorus,
About men, tired in alien lands,
About the ships that left native shores,
And all who forgot their joy to the end.

Thus sang her clean voice, and flew up to the highness,
And sunbeams shined on her shoulder's white —
And everyone saw and heard from the darkness
The white and airy gown, singing in the light.

And all of them were sure, that joy would burst out:
The ships have arrived at their beach,
The people, in the land of the aliens tired,
Regaining their bearing, are happy and reach.

And sweet was her voice and the sun's beams around....
And only, by Caesar's Gates — high on the vault,
The baby, versed into mysteries, mourned,
Because none of them will be ever returned.
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Don't fear death

Don't fear death in earthly travels.
Don't fear enemies or friends.
Just listen to the words of prayers,
To pass the facets of the dreads.

Your death will come to you, and never
You shall be, else, a slave of life,
Just waiting for a dawn's favor,
From nights of poverty and strife.

She'll build with you a common law,
One will of the Eternal Reign.
And you are not condemned to slow
And everlasting deadly pain.
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Gamajun, the Prophetic Bird

On waters, spread without end,
Dressed with the sunset so purple,
It sings and prophesies for land,
Unable to lift the smashed wings' couple...
The charge of Tartars' hordes it claims,
And bloody set of executions,
Earthquake, and hunger and the flames,
The death of justice, crime’s intrusion...
And caught with fear, cold and smooth,
The fair face flames as one of lovers’,
But sound with prophetic truth
The lips that the bloody foam covers!..
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Halls grew darker

Halls grew darker and somehow faded.
Grates of windows drowned in black.
Every knight, every beautiful lady
Knew the tiding: "The Queen's deadly sick."

And the king, very silent and frowned,
Passed the doors, lost of pages and slaves ...
Every word, that by chance cast around,
Proved the truth of the closing grave.

By the doors of the silent abode
I was crying, while pressing the brace ...
At the end of the passage remote
Someone echoed me, hiding his face.

By the doors of the Beautiful Lady
I was sobbing, attired in blue ...
And the stranger of ashen face sadly
Echoed me all my sufferings through.
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He, who was born

He, who was born in stagnant year
Does not remember own way.
We, kids of Russia's years of fear,
Remember every night and day.

Years that burned everything to ashes!
Do you bring madness or grace?
The war's and freedom's fire flashes
Left bloody light on every face.

We are struck dumb: the toxsin's pressure
Has made us tightly close lips.
In living hearts, once full of pleasure,
The fateful desert now sleeps.

And let the crying ravens soar
Right over our death-bed,
May those who were striving more,
O God, behold Thy Kingdom's Great!
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I Prefer the Gorgeous Freedom

I prefer the gorgeous freedom,
And I fly to lands of grace,
Where in wide and clear meadows
All is good, as dreams, and blest.
Here they rice: the clover clear,
And corn-flower's gentle lace,
And the rustle is always here:
"Ears are leaning... Take your ways!"
In this immense sea of fair,
Only one of blades reclines.
You don't see in misty air,
I'd seen it!It will be mine!
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I Wait For You...

I wait for you. The years in silence pass
And as the image, one, I wait for you again.

The distance is in flame — and clear one as glass,
I, silent, wait — with sadness, love and pain.

The distance is in flame, and you are coming fast,
But I'm afraid that you will change your image yet,

And will initiate the challenging mistrust
By changing features, used, at long awaited end.

Oh, how I will fell — so low and so pine,
Unable to overcome my dreams' continued set!

The distance is such bright! And azure is so fine!
But I'm afraid that you will change your image yet.
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On the Field of Kulicovo

The river stretched. It flows, idly grieves,
And washes both banks.
In steppe, above light clay of cliffs
Rinks mourn in ranks.

O Russia! Dear wife! With clearness and pain
We see the lengthy way!
It sent an arrow of ancient Tartar reign -
In breast it lay.

The way through steppes and an incessant plight,
Through your, o Russia, lot!
And alien dark and dark of night
I fear not.

Let be the night. We'll ride and light in gloom
Camp-fires late.
The holy flag will flash in fume,
And Khan's steel blade ...

And endless battle! We only dream of peace
Through blood and dust ...
The mare of steppes flies on and flees,
And tramples the grass ...

There's no end! The miles and cliffs flash past
Stop crazy flood!
The frightened clouds go fast,
Sun sets in blood!

Sun sets in blood! Blood streams from heart away!
O cry, my heart ...
There's no peace! Through steppe the bay
Prolongs the flight!
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The Death of Grandfather

We waited commonly for sleep or even death.
The instances were wearisome as ages.
But suddenly the wind's refreshing breath
Touched through the window the Holy Bible's pages:

An old man goes there - who's now all white-haired -
With rapid steps and merry eyes, alone,
He smiles to us, and often calls with hand,
And leaves us with a gait, that is well-known.

And suddenly we all, who watched the old man's track,
Well recognized just him who now lay before us,
And turning in a sudden rapture back,
Beheld a corpse with eyes forever closed ...

And it was good for us the soul's way to trace,
And, in the leaving one, to find the glee it's forming.
The time had come. Recall and love in grace,
And celebrate another house-warming!
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The Faithless Shadows.

The faithless shadows of day are running
And high and clear is the call of bells,
Steps of the church are blazed as with the lightning,
Their stones are alive and wait for your light steps.

You'll here pass and touch the chilly stone,
That's dressed in awful sanity of span,
And let the flower of spring be thrown
Here, in this dark, before the eyes of saint.

The rose shadows in misty darkness grow,
And high and clear is the call of bells,
The darkness lays on steps, such old and low --
I'm set in light -- I wait for dear steps.
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The Stranger

The restaurants on hot spring evenings
Lie under a dense and savage air.
Foul drafts and hoots from dunken revelers
Contaminate the thoroughfare.
Above the dusty lanes of suburbia
Above the tedium of bungalows
A pretzel sign begilds a bakery
And children screech fortissimo.

And every evening beyond the barriers
Gentlemen of practiced wit and charm
Go strolling beside the drainage ditches --
A tilted derby and a lady at the arm.

The squeak of oarlocks comes over the lake water
A woman's shriek assaults the ear
While above, in the sky, inured to everything,
The moon looks on with a mindless leer.

And every evening my one companion
Sits here, reflected in my glass.
Like me, he has drunk of bitter mysteries.
Like me, he is broken, dulled, downcast.

The sleepy lackeys stand beside tables
Waiting for the night to pass
And tipplers with the eyes of rabbits
Cry out: "In vino veritas!"

And every evening (or am I imagining?)
Exactly at the appointed time
A girl's slim figure, silk raimented,
Glides past the window's mist and grime.

And slowly passing throught the revelers,
Unaccompanied, always alone,
Exuding mists and secret fragrances,
She sits at the table that is her own.

Something ancient, something legendary
Surrounds her presence in the room,
Her narrow hand, her silk, her bracelets,
Her hat, the rings, the ostrich plume.

Entranced by her presence, near and enigmatic,
I gaze through the dark of her lowered veil
And I behold an enchanted shoreline
And enchanted distances, far and pale.

I am made a guardian of the higher mysteries,
Someone's sun is entrusted to my control.
Tart wine has pierced the last convolution
of my labyrinthine soul.

And now the drooping plumes of ostriches
Asway in my brain droop slowly lower
And two eyes, limpid, blue, and fathomless
Are blooming on a distant shore.

Inside my soul a treasure is buried.
The key is mine and only mine.
How right you are, you drunken monster!
I know: the truth is in the wine.
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The Twelve by Aleksandr Blok

1

Black night.
Snow white.
The wind's fury!
No man can stand on his two feet.
The wind hurries
Across God's whole green earth!

The wind whirls
flurries of snow.
Under the piles of snow – black ice.
The going is slow,
Each measured pace
Your feet slide apart – wretched one!



Building to building
A cable is slung.
On the cable – a slogan:
”All power to the Ruling Soviets!”
An old woman struggles and cries;
She can't comprehend what this means.
What is it for, this ad?
This giant scrap of canvas?
No matter how many stockings they'd cut,
Our boys would still be naked, unshod.

The old woman, like a hen,
Barely climbs over the snowbank.
— Oh protectress, mother of God!
— Bolsheviks will spill my blood!

The wind is like a knout!
And the bitter cold won't stop!
And the bourgeois at the crossroads
Hides his nose in his fur collar.

And who is that? With long hair?
He says under his breath, half aloud:
— Traitors! Traitors!
— Russia is dead!
He must be a writer —
Vitya....

And there, wearing his cassock —
Along the wall, over a snowdrift...
Not so happy, are you, these days
Comrade priest?

Remember the old days,
You strolled stomach thrust
out as your belly with its cross
On all the people blustered?

There, a lady in a black sheep coat
Turned to address another broad:
– How we bawled and bawled...
Then she slips and does a split
And – splat – she's out cold!

Ouch, ouch!
Pull and tug to get her up!

The wind is joyful.
And happy and mad.

It winds the hems,
Twists the passersby.
Tears, crumples, and whips
The giant canvas rag,
”All power to the Ruling Soviets!”
And carries these words:

...We also held a meeting...
...In this very building...
... We had a discussion –
We made a decision:
For time being– ten, per night – twenty five…
...Do not accept from anyone less…
...Let's go and get some sleep.

Late night seethes.
The street is barren.
A lonely tramp,
Hunched over,
And the wind wheezes.

Oh you, poor dear!
Hey you, come near –
And give me a kiss.

You want bread!
So it's ahead?
OK, you can pass!

Deadly dark, black night.

Malice, sad sad malice
Boiling over in my heart...
Black malice, holy malice...

Comrade, friend! Look up
And keep your eyes peeled!

2

The wind saunters, the snow flits.
Walking toward us are twelve heads.

The black belts of their rifles,
All around in flames, flames, flames.

In teeth spliffs, peaked caps splayed flat,
Paint the ace of spades on their backs!

We've got freedom, free at last,
Life's good without the cross!

Gunfire rounds erupt!

As cold as the nose of a blood hound!

— Van'ka and Kat'ka are out for drinks.
— She's got some new bucks in her socks!

— Vanyushka himself is now in luck...
— Van'ka, one of us, a Bolshevik.

— Van'ka, you son of a bitch, bourgeois,
Try this on for size and kiss my ass!

We've got freedom, free at last,
Life's good without the cross!
Kat'ka and Van'ka are busy at?
Busy how and doing what?

Gunfire sounds crackle!

All around in flames, flames, flames.
On shoulders black belts of the rifles.

Maintain your revolutionary stride!
The dreaded enemy never rests or sleeps!
Comrade, thrust rifle out and don't fear!
Let's fire with a bullet into Sacred Rus'–

Into the shackled,
Into the servile,
Into the fat-bottomed!
Oh, yes, without the cross!

3

How all our youth joined
To serve in the Red Army –
To serve in the Red Army –
To cut off the rebellion's head!

Hey you, bitter-bitterness,
Hey you, sweet-sweet living!
The worn, thorn overcoat,
And the old Austrian gun!

For the sorrow of all bourgeois
We will set the world on fire,
the world on fire drench in blood –
Please bless us dear God!

4

The wind whirls, a wild man cries,
Van'ka with Kat'ka come flying –
The electric light falls
On the horse-yoked cart...
Oh, may you drop!

Wearing a soldier's overcoat,
Grinning a stupid grin
He twists his black mustaches
And he twiddles them,
And he kids...

Hey, our Van'ka – shoulders broad!
Hey, our Van'ka – he sure can talk!
That dumb broad Kat'ka embraces
And puts her through her paces...

His face thrown back,
Teeth shining like pearls...
Hey there Kat'ya, my Kat'ya,
My pudgy-cheeked one...

5

On your lovely neck, Dear Katya,
Unhealed, scarred by a knife flesh.
Just below your breast, Dear Katya,
A long scratch that is still fresh!

Hey, dance for us a jig!
Achingly beautiful legs!


In your crocheted underwear you went –
Go on your way, making the rounds!
Doing the town with the officers –
Go on you wench, oh, you're a flirt !

Oh, you damned lost soul!
Heart stammered in breast!


Katya, remember your officer –
He hasn't dropped his blade.
Nor does he recall, the beast.
No, his memory’s not well.

Hey, let me refresh my memory
By sleeping on your mammaries.


You wore gray legwarmers, stuffed yourself
With fancy chocolates called Minions,
Went carousing with a tsarist officer –
Now you're out with a common private?

Hey, hey, let's all sin!
Let our souls rest a spin!

6

Again full speed on horseback toward us
a madman, howling, screaming, flies,


Stand, still! Andryukha help me out!
Petrukha, grab him from behind!


The sound of gunfire: pop, pop, pop!
Snow-like ashes swirling towards heaven!


The wild man, along with Van'ka, skedaddles.
And one more time! Raise up your muzzle!


Crack! Crack! Crack! That will teach you not
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ….................................
To go out with the woman of another!


He's made off, that putz! Just you wait
and see, I'll take care of you later!


And Kat'ka? where is she? – She’s dead! Dead!
She's been shot, a bullet through her head!


Well, Kat'ka, are you happy now? Do not pa-pa…
You’ll lie there now having fallen in the snow!


Maintain your revolutionary stride!
The dreaded enemy never rests; he bides!

7



Once again the twelve march,
Behind their shoulders rifles.
Only the pathetic killer's face
is hidden, entirely invisible...

All the time faster and faster
Their marching pace speeding up.
Neck wrapped with handkerchief
But just can't get himself settled.

– Hey, comrade, you're not happy?
– Hey, little friend, feeling off?
– Hey, Petrukha, hanging your nose
or are you just sorry for Kat'ka?

– Oh, my buddies, my dear pals,
I really loved that girl of mine...
All those dark nights I got drunk
And spent together with that gal...

— For the remote sadness
In her fiery, glowing eyes,
For the ruddy birthmark
Just below her right shoulder.
I destroyed her, senselessly,
Destroyed her out of passion, Ah!

— You bastard, grinding your barrel organ,
What the heck, Petya, are you a pussy?
— Did you decide to bare your soul,
Turn it inside out? Give me a break!
— Hold your back up straight!
— Show a little self-control.

— This is not exactly the time
For you to have to be babysat.
We have our work cut out for us
And not just your personal stuff.

And Petrukha starts to calm down
His excited pace…

Once again he throws back his head
And grins happily…

Hey, hey!
Having a little fun ain't no sin!

Shutter your doors and windows,
There's gonna be looting 'n' shooting!

Business open for funerals —
The riffraff is running wild!

8

Oh, you, woe is woe,
Boredom boring,
Deadly!


Might as well just pass
The time, pass the time...


Might as well be the dark,
Why oh why oh why...


Might as well chuck the shells,
The shells of sunflower seeds...


Might as well with a knife
Flash 'n' slash, flash 'n' slash!


You bourgeois, like a crow take flight!
I will drink your drop of blood
From your fever racked
Creased black brow...


Appease, dear lord, this slave's soul...


I'm bored!



9

The city's noise has died down,
Above the Nevsky needle silence,
And there are no longer any cops
My boys, you can party, it's no crime!


Stands the bourgeois at the crossroads
And in his fur collar hides his nose.
And nearby pressing his coarse hide
A rabid cur, his tail between his legs.


The bourgeois stands like the starving cur,
Stands mute like an answerless question.
And the old world, like the silent mutt,
Stands behind him with its tail flattened.

10

The flurry is playing it rough,
Flurry, oh, flurry!
Impossible to see each other,
From four steps away!


The snow flies up like a crow,
Snow stands solid as a column...

— The flurry's so bad, save our souls!
— Pet'ka, don't tie yourself up in knots!
From what evil may God protect you
With his gilded row of icons?
You're not even aware, right?
Think for yourself, reason it out –
Aren't your hands dripping blood
From Kat'ka's damned love?
— Maintain your revolutionary stride!
The dreaded enemy is near!


Forward, forward, forward,
The working folk!

11

...They walk on without the Lord's name
All twelve of them – into the distance.
Prepared for the worst,
Willing to spare none...


Their steely-bored rifles
Aimed at the invisible enemy...
Into the deserted alleyways
Where only the flurry dashes...
And, yes, at the furrowed snowdrifts –
You won't manage to sneak away...


Your eyes are tagged
With the red flag.


Everywhere sounds
The measured march.


Any time he'll awake,
The fierce enemy...

And the flurry flies into their eyes
All day and all night
Without cease!


Forward, forward,
The working class!

12



...Into distance with a powerful step...
— Who is still there? Come on out!
It's the wind whipping a red flag
Playing with it like a predator...

Out ahead a frozen snowdrift,
— Who's hiding in it – Come out!
Only the wretched starving mutt
Is trailing in our path...

— Leave us alone you crazy mutt
Or I'll stick your mug with my bayonet.
The old world like the rabid mongrel:
Drop dead – I will run you through!

...The hungry wolf bares his teeth,
Tail tucked in and he won't stop.
The freezing cur – that furry mutt.
— Hey there, reply, who goes there?

— Who is there waving a red flag?
— Look real close, into the dark!
— Who goes there striding fast,
Hiding behind every entryway!

— I will get you no matter what,
Better surrender to me alive!
— Hey my friend, you will be sorry,
Come out now or we'll start to fire!



Crack! crack! crack! – Only the echo
Replies from the empty houses...
Only the flurry's lingering laughter
Pouring over itself in the snows...



Crack-crack-crack!
Crack-crack-crack!

...Striding at a superpower clip –
Behind us – the starving mutt,
Ahead of us – with a bloody flag,
Invisible in the flurry,
Invincible to the bullet,
With a gentle supernal step,
Draped in the snow's pearly spray,
In a wreath of white roses –
Ahead of us – Christ Risen.



January 1918
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To the Muse

In your hidden memories
There are fatal tidings of doom...
A curse on sacred traditions,
A desecration of happiness;

And a power so alluring
That I am ready to repeat the rumour
That you have brought angels down from heaven,
Enticing them with your beauty...

And when you mock at faith,
That pale, greyish-purple halo
Which I once saw before
Suddenly begins to shine above you.

Are you evil or good? You are altogether from another world
They say strange things about you
For some you are the Muse and a miracle.
For me you are torment and hell.

I do not know why in the hour of dawn,
When no strength was left to me,
I did not perish, but caught sight of your face
And begged you to comfort me.

I wanted us to be enemies;
Why then did you make me a present
Of a flowery meadow and of the starry firmament --
The whole curse of your beauty?

Your fearful caresses were more treacherous
Than the northern night,
More intoxicating than the golden champagne of Aï,
Briefer than a gypsy woman's love...

And there was a fatal pleasure
In trampling on cherished and holy things;
And this passion, bitter as wormwood,
Was a frenzied delight for the heart!
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