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Humor - Poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Tsars, Kings, Emperors,
sovereigns of all the earth,
have commanded many a parade,
but they could not command humor.
When Aesop, the tramp, came visiting
the palaces of eminent personages
ensconced in sleek comfort all day,
they struck him as paupers.
In houses, where hypocrites have
left the smear of their puny feet,
there Hodja-Nasr-ed-Din, with his jests,
swept clean all meanness
like a board of chessmen!
They tried to commission humor-
but humor is not to be bought!
They tried to murder humor,
but humor thumbed his nose at them!
It’s hard to fight humor.
They executed him time and again.
His hacked-off head
was stuck on the point of a pike.
But as soon as the mummer’s pipes
began their quipping tale,
humor defiantly cried:
'I’m back, I’m here! ',
and started to foot a dance.
in an overcoat, shabby and short,
with eyes cast down and a mask of repentance,
he, a political criminal,
now under arrest, walked to his execution.
He appeared to submit in every way,
accepting the life-beyond,
but of a sudden he wriggled out of his coat,
and, waving his hand, did a bolt.
Humor was shoved into cells,
but much good that did.
Humor went straight through
prison bars and walls of stone.
Coughing from the lungs
like any man in the ranks,
he marched singing a popular ditty,
rifle in hand upon the Winter Palace.
He’s accustomed to frowning looks,
but they do him no harm;
and humor at times with humor
glances at himself.
He’s everpresent. Nimble and quick,
he’ll slip through anything, through everyone.
So- glory be to humor.
He- is a valiant man.


Translated by George Reavey


Comments about Humor by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

  • Rookie Chole Smith (3/10/2018 2:03:00 PM)

    That is a great poem about humor ;) (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 22,380 Points Kevin Patrick (2/15/2016 9:59:00 PM)

    Living in the Soviet era humor would have been an endangered species, but I guess it triumphed. This is one of those poems you never forget. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 117,290 Points Bri Edwards (11/10/2014 2:27:00 PM)

    great thoughts. thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

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Poems About Humor

  1. 1. Humor , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  2. 2. A Sense Of Humor , Vachel Lindsay
  3. 3. (marriage) Equality..... [see The Tit.. , Bri Edwards
  4. 4. A Light Before Dying (Dark Humor) , John F. McCullagh
  5. 5. A Woman Says 'Talk Dirty To Me'...(Humor.. , elysabeth faslund
  6. 6. Fashion Focus Artist (With A Sense Of Hu.. , s./j. goldner
  7. 7. ~ She's '' Eye Candy '' - Adult Humor - , Thad Wilk
  8. 8. A Lonely Cloud.....[nature Observation; .. , Bri Edwards
  9. 9. Mah-Ve-Lous Cat...(Humor) * , elysabeth faslund
  10. 10. Gruesome Crime Scene Humor , Chuck Audette
  11. 11. Oh! Doctor …. ["Time Is Money".. , Bri Edwards
  12. 12. Hair Between My Toes.............. [very.. , Bri Edwards
  13. 13. Ain'T Love Great When He Has Bad Dreams?.. , elysabeth faslund
  14. 14. Ah! The Country Life...A Study In Patien.. , elysabeth faslund
  15. 15. A Sweet Thang Needs Sugar...(Humor) , elysabeth faslund
  16. 16. A Slow Poemhunter! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ..... , elysabeth faslund
  17. 17. Sense Of Humor , Sadiqullah Khan
  18. 18. Shy Bri ….[ The ‘other' Me; Fantasy; Shy.. , Bri Edwards
  19. 19. I Have A Treat For A Black Cat .....[hu.. , Bri Edwards
  20. 20. A Father's Toast At His Gay Son's Weddin.. , Bri Edwards
  21. 21. Being A Snail ....... [snails; From Th.. , Bri Edwards
  22. 22. Big Fat Cat Without A Hat .....[humor; C.. , Bri Edwards
  23. 23. [humor] Speak To Me, Moon..... [speaking.. , Bri Edwards
  24. 24. Too Nice? ……. [my Life, Being Nice; Fa.. , Bri Edwards
  25. 25. Mary's Pet....[humor; Human Nature; Pets.. , Bri Edwards
  26. 26. An Apple A Day....... [apples; Health; S.. , Bri Edwards
  27. 27. Alien's Oyster-Feast........ [fantasy; .. , Bri Edwards
  28. 28. Dumb Blondes...I'M One! ! ...(Humor) , elysabeth faslund
  29. 29. Bri's Family History..... In Brief........ , Bri Edwards
  30. 30. /// Humor ***** Panty No More , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  31. 31. My Inglish Sucks - 2 ... [english Skills.. , Bri Edwards
  32. 32. Just Like A Woman! …. [ My Rejoinder/Res.. , Bri Edwards
  33. 33. Only Two People In The World? ............ , Bri Edwards
  34. 34. Accidental Hacking ........ [humor; Co.. , Bri Edwards
  35. 35. Spider Prey/Spider's Prey/Spiders' Prey .. , Bri Edwards
  36. 36. Ah! The Country Life...Bellvue...(Humor) , elysabeth faslund
  37. 37. As The Keys B A N G E D …. …..[humor; Fi.. , Bri Edwards
  38. 38. Spider, Spinning, Smiling...... [spider.. , Bri Edwards
  39. 39. All My Cat Wants Is Food (Attempted Humor) , Sarah Sisson
  40. 40. Our Love Is Deeper Than The Ocean...(Hum.. , elysabeth faslund
  41. 41. U.K, India, Australia, Canada: I Have A .. , Bri Edwards
  42. 42. Camisole ….[ Sexy; Startlingly-Sexy! ; H.. , Bri Edwards
  43. 43. Peking Duck: Delicious! ! ! ....[ In Hon.. , Bri Edwards
  44. 44. 'Useless'..... [human Uselessness; Psyc.. , Bri Edwards
  45. 45. Consider Yourself Lucky …. [things Cou.. , Bri Edwards
  46. 46. It Really Ain'T So Bad.... In Hell ....... , Bri Edwards
  47. 47. /// Humor ***** Temperature , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  48. 48. /// Humor ***** Flying Kite , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  49. 49. /// Humor ***** Airplane Phlegm Tragedy , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
  50. 50. /// Humor ***** Cool Politician , Rommel Mark Dominguez Marchan
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