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People -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Guest poem submitted by Rama Rao:
(Poem #1561) People
 No people are uninteresting.
 Their fate is like the chronicle of planets.

 Nothing in them is not particular,
 and planet is dissimilar from planet.

 And if a man lived in obscurity
 making his friends in that obscurity
 obscurity is not uninteresting.

 To each his world is private,
 and in that world one excellent minute.

 And in that world one tragic minute.
 These are private.

 In any man who dies there dies with him
 his first snow and kiss and fight.
 It goes with him.

 There are left books and bridges
 and painted canvas and machinery.
 Whose fate is to survive.

 But what has gone is also not nothing:
 by the rule of the game something has gone.
 Not people die but worlds die in them.
-- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
In this world of heroic biographies there are relatively few homages to the
"average" man. After Thomas Gray's "Elegy in a Country Churchyard", the only
other one I have come across is this fine poem by Yevtushenko. The last line
sums it up: "worlds die in them ."  Yevtushenko is already in the Minstrels'
collection. His "Courage" is another of my favourites.

Rama Rao.

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Norm Rourke/Connie Carson-Rourke said...

How appropriate for this to be the first poem I've received since subscribing to the Minstrel! Yevgeny is now @ the University of Tulsa. I only wish he'd been there when I was studying...ah, but that was 2 lifetimes ago. Norm

molly cook said...

This is not the complete poem - if you are going to post poems, please honor the author by publishing the complete poem...Thanks...

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Whom we knew as faulty, the earth's creatures
Of whom essentially, what did we know?
Brother of a brother, friend of friends?
We who knew our fathers
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They perish, they cannot be brought back.
The secret worlds are not regenerated.
And every time, again and again
I make my lament against destruction.

(end of the poem)

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