Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Rookie (18 July 1933 / Zima Junction, Siberia)

Ballad About Drinking - Poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

We had slaughtered a hundred white whales,
civilization was quite forgotten,
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  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/26/2017 2:38:00 PM)

    I wept as though I was being set free
    I wept as if I was being born anew,
    A different person from what I'd been,
    And before God and before myself,
    Like the tears of those drunken whale men,
    My soul was pure.

    A long poem
    Nicely written and
    Well expressed poem.

    Sylva.
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  • (2/26/2017 8:51:00 AM)

    Fantastic story told in equally fantastic manner. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/26/2017 4:36:00 AM)

    a very spiritual poem of life ashore and coming to terms with each ones actions? (Report)Reply

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  • Lantz Pierre (2/26/2017 4:30:00 AM)

    I'm usually not a big fan of ballads, I don't go in for traditional storytelling in literature a whole lot at all. I reserve that pleasure for face-to-face camaraderie at the local establishment. That said, I do enjoy rewarding a stretch of hard work with some drunken down-time with my mates. That aspect of this ballad is quite amusing. Hard living sailors at sea for an extended time, chasing whales and fighting the gales, come to port for a bit of well-earned merriment but find out the town's dry. But fine smelling. There's always one knows the ins-and-outs and roundabouts. It always pays to know a Petka Markovsky. Alcohol based cologne may not have the savor of rum, but it'll kick ya like a mule. Amongst Russians this is not news, just like canned heat in some American blues. Resourcefulness, that's the key. (Report)Reply

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  • Muzahidul Reza (2/26/2017 3:11:00 AM)

    civilization was quite forgotten, thank you for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/26/2017 2:53:00 AM)

    Forgotten! ! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/26/2017 2:01:00 AM)

    My soul was pure..... thanks for sharing..... (Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (2/26/2017 12:51:00 AM)

    But, clouding the whole planet,
    a notice hung in the shop: 'No Spirits! '............................................................... Better seize the license of the shop. Poets stand outside and they dare to show the placard! ..............Fantastic idea of composing poem. Good put.
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