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Lara (Inspired By Dr. Zhivago) - Poem by GREENWOLFE 1962

Oh Lara, let me tell you
If I may, this one more time,
How much I really love you,
In poetry and in rhyme.

I see our love more clearly,
Though I'm blind in love with thee.
I hold your love much closer,
For it's yours through which I see.

Your voice is, oh so soothing
As your loving sounds come through.
It keeps me ever yearning
For the sounds of loving you.

I feel loves sweet sensation
Every time I hold your hand.
And draw you ever closer
For that feeling, oh so grand.

Your kisses last forever
As we hold our love in place,
And taste sweet fruit and nectar
When our loving lips embrace.

I smell your pleasant fragrance
As I wander near and far.
Thankful to the girl I love
For the flower that you are.

Oh, Lara, please remember
All the things we lovers say
Are often gone tomorrow,
Placed in dreams of yesterday.

But if you've found contentment,
For I know I've found the same.
We'll have our love forever
And we'll call it by your name.

I wish to dedicate this poem to Boris Pasternak for
the book, David Lean for the direction, Maurice Jarre
for the music, and to Omar Shariff whose portrayal of Zhivago inspired me to become a poet, and finally to Julie Christie
whose image of Lara made this poem possible after 35
years of waiting for the gift to arrive.

Comments about Lara (Inspired By Dr. Zhivago) by GREENWOLFE 1962

  • (9/22/2015 9:45:00 AM)

    I also admire the poets of the past and pity those today who scoff at them. Although I write in a different style, I truly enjoyed your poem. Knowing the Russian people, I decided to take a different route in my poem, which never mentions the word love.

    For My Lara

    I will die, but you will live
    beyond the boot prints in the snow
    and the ice that bleeds in spring -
    when doctors write poetry to the dead.

    Soldiers perish in the heat and cold.
    The wolves ignore their extremities.
    They demonstrate the same affliction -
    amputation from your stare.

    The dying lust for nurses
    who cannot stop their bleeding.
    They do not curse the bullet
    that brought you to their bedside.

    On selfish ground as their angel wept,
    I would covet you behind the blinds.
    My old strength now deserts me.
    I run and smash the attic window.

    The glass melts into a drift.
    I watch until you disappear from sight.
    I share a corpse’s lack of pulse.
    This suicidal plan was mine.

    Too weak to endure your wounds,
    I cannot cure the rape and warfare.
    You forgave all men for their sins
    and saved me from my honor.

    Poetry of Simon Johann Andresen 2015 ©
    Permission to share with credit to
    Facebook page of same name.

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  • (9/26/2009 12:05:00 AM)

    Love is so beautiful...
    Really enjoy ending it...

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  • (6/3/2009 9:58:00 PM)

    I have read this more than I can remember and each time it brings me closer and clser to the love the two had. I do need to see the movie and would love to read the book. This is definitely one of my favorites. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/31/2009 2:40:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem, well written with good rhyme. I loved Lara and want to watch the movie again. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/15/2009 1:35:00 AM)

    Yuri Zhivago (as well as Boris Pasternak himself) always lived on the edge of emotions, an idealist with dreams striking against his reality. In my opinion, you have captured this essence in your poem..also that everlasting hope of an uncontrollable human spirit piercing the novel(unfortunately I have not seen the movie that inspired you so I judge on the basis of the original book) . I also see the reminiscences of the poetic style of Boris Pasternak in general in your work. The poetry of Pasternak in itself is quite clear, vivid to being nearly ecstatic and espressed in 'rhythm and rhyme' pattern, too. Congratulations from me, a great pleasure to read, Greenwolfe!
    Best wishes to you.

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  • (3/12/2009 11:06:00 PM)

    great poem once again sir.....brilliant crafting as usual......10 all the way (Report)Reply

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  • Evaughn Gray (3/9/2009 12:57:00 AM)

    I don't have enough sweet words to actually give a good comment to. all i could muster was amazing, it was utterly amazing. this poem will be in many hearts of poets now and poets to come.. this sweet delicate poem will always be in my heart.. ~ Love Hazel G.E (Report)Reply

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  • (2/7/2009 1:08:00 AM)

    Although I had read the book by Boris Pasternak, it wasn't until I saw the movie and the portrayals of Zhivago and Lara by Omar Shariff and Julie Christie that I fell in love with the story of Dr. Zhivago, Greenwolfe. The scenery in the film was magnificent and no one who saw that frozen little house in the snow can ever forget it. Your wonderful poem was a beautiful testament to the love of Lara and Zhivago, filled with the amazement of their love for each other despite their each being married to someone else. It is a unique love story, which endured many hardships and heart breaks. You have concentrated your energies and talent upon this poem and done a tremendously effective job with it, well deserving of the praise it has gotten. Carl. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/27/2009 7:35:00 AM)

    a beauitful poem a real pleasure to read (Report)Reply

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet Simon (1/4/2009 7:50:00 PM)

    This poem posesses a sweet sensuality that is pleasing to the poetic nostrils. (Report)Reply

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  • Sadiqullah Khan (9/26/2008 4:59:00 AM)

    The languid look of Lara and the way she is betrayed, , , , , , , , , , Lara to me is the soul of Russia in the novel andby extension the humanity, , , , , , , , only if Boris Pasternek had told us what happened next, , , for if he could bring her back to life then? , , yes lovers will sing songs for her for all times to come, ,1962, you have chosen a worthy inspiration for yourself, , , (Report)Reply

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  • (9/20/2008 5:35:00 PM)

    When an icon sparks inspiration and a love poem is written about an enduring love then volumes pour out through the words and the feelings which is spoken forever.Beautiful tribute to Lara.And a very good movie.******************************* (Report)Reply

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  • (8/19/2008 12:57:00 PM)

    Great piece of verse green wolfe, cracking good subject too

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  • (8/15/2008 4:10:00 PM)

    A great poem and it seems that you loved her more than Yury...........Lara is a wonderful character in the movie and the book too, merits should go to Boris Pasternak definitely. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/13/2008 7:40:00 AM)

    I wish I had the time to comment on all the poems I've read so far but the day is just to short and busy. So far I'm not dissapointed for every poem I have read so far of yours has been a pleasure. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/1/2008 12:01:00 AM)

    Oh this is filled with so much love... Such a tender story from your opening stanza to the end... This is trully I feel one of the best I have read by you, I am so sorry I have not read this sooner. Enjoyed the theme of an enchanted love affair....


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  • Ernestine Northover (7/21/2008 9:07:00 AM)

    Love exudes from this one and it is happy and sad all at the same time. A joy to find and read. I would give a 10 for every one of your poems I have read today.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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  • (6/17/2008 5:38:00 PM)

    Interesting -
    I don't recall that I've yet seen Dr. Zhivago - perhaps it would be a good choice to watch with my Russian wife? Then I'll be better able to relate to Lara's character.


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  • (5/27/2008 1:07:00 PM)

    Boris wrote a great book, which became a great movie too. Your poem does justice to them both and also Lara. Bob (Report)Reply

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  • (5/6/2008 9:27:00 PM)

    A passion-filled poem
    I loved Doctor Zhivago -
    looks like Lara's became your muse too.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 26, 2009

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