Leo Yankevich

Silver Star - 3,448 Points (October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvania)

Leo Yankevich Poems

121. Last Poem 1/1/2013
122. Tattie Bogle 1/28/2013
123. Ark 6/23/2013
124. John Clare Escapes The Essex Asylum 2/11/2008
125. Sufi 3/13/2009
126. When Nothing Remains 5/7/2008
127. How To Get There 3/13/2011
128. Migrations 7/6/2010
129. Lorca's Death 6/10/2010
130. With Blood On His Hands, Commissar Y. Raichman Ponders The Forest Of The Dead At Katyn,1943 5/12/2009
131. Ulysses 9/29/2009
132. Wake Cake 2/11/2008
133. Here, Under The Weight 8/13/2009
134. For Enoch Powell 7/20/2012
135. Journey Late At Night 6/7/2011
136. Grey Oak 12/13/2007
137. Gulag Burial Marker 12/28/2009
138. Puddle 7/6/2010
139. Swamp 3/13/2011
140. This Morning 2/13/2008
141. Poem In October 12/31/2007
142. Visiting My Dead Grandmother's Cottage With My Father In The Forests Of Lithuania: 1966 12/31/2007
143. Hunter 2/11/2005
144. Plato Returns To Earth 5/7/2008
145. Garbage 3/13/2009
146. Old Meerschaum Pipe 3/13/2011
147. Spreading Democracy 6/13/2009
148. Communion 6/13/2009
149. Out Back 4/19/2009
150. Out On Your Feet 3/16/2009
151. Tesla,1939 3/16/2009
152. To Love This Flesh 2/13/2008
153. Saviour 7/20/2012
154. Veterans’ Hospital 9/20/2004
155. Elegy 2/13/2008
156. Had I Not Grown Suddenly Short Of Breath 12/31/2007
157. Epistle From The Dark 3/14/2009
158. Epiphany 5/7/2008
159. Neighbours, Eastern Poland,1940 5/30/2009
160. Stone 3/26/2011

Comments about Leo Yankevich

  • Margaret O Driscoll Margaret O Driscoll (7/13/2015 4:10:00 AM)

    Glad I checked out your poetry, just read Mother In The Garden and it nearly had me in tears!

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  • Amir Mohammad Islami Chalandar (6/6/2014 7:51:00 AM)

    excellent poems. you are great in explaining your feels. i invite you to read my poem

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  • Dennis N. O'brien Dennis N. O'brien (10/27/2012 6:04:00 PM)

    Thanks for posting your poems here - I enjoy reading them.
    Best wishes
    Dennis N. O'Brien

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  • Michael Shepherd (9/21/2004 8:13:00 AM)

    Leo - I am moved by and admire your poems enormously. Will you tell michael@shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk if you have published, or intend to publish? Best wishes.

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Best Poem of Leo Yankevich

Apollo’s Archaic Torso

(after the German of Rainer Maria Rilke)

We have no knowledge of his ancient brow
where pippins ripen. Yet his torso gleams,
reflecting the candela, luminous streams
that yet pour from his gaze, his glance’s glow

still radiant, though dimmed. If not, his bare
breast would not blind you in the silent turn
of hip and thighs, a smile not flash and burn
through groins, his genitals not ever glare.

If not, this stone would seem deformed and small,
the light beneath his shoulder’s sudden fall
not seem a preying panther’s shimmering mane, ...

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Veterans’ Hospital

Some nights are never-ending hells
for these old veterans in our care.
We do not hand out pills, but shells,
as out of battlefields they stare
from over sixty years ago
on far-off Guam or Guadalcanal.
With trembling hands they try to show
how the bravest or youngest fell.
We console them with a cold cup,

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