Yevgeny Yevtushenko Poems

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1.
Humor

Tsars, Kings, Emperors,
sovereigns of all the earth,
have commanded many a parade,
but they could not command humor.
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2.
Colours

When your face came rising
above my crumpled life,
the only thing I understood at first
was how meager were all my possessions.
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3.
Breaking Up

I fell out of love: that’s our story’s dull ending,
as flat as life is, as dull as the grave.
Excuse me-I’ll break off the string of this love song
and smash the guitar. We have nothing to save.
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4.
Ballad About Drinking

We had slaughtered a hundred white whales,
civilization was quite forgotten,
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5.
Being Late

Something dangerous is beginning:
I am coming late to my own self.
I made an appointment with my thoughts-
the thoughts were snatched from me.
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6.
Don't Disappear

Don't disappear.... By disappearing from me,
you will disappear from yourself,
betraying your own self forever,
and that will be the basest dishonesty.
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7.
Conversation With An American Writer

'You have courage, ' they tell me.
It's not true. I was never courageous.
I simply felt it unbecoming
to stoop to the cowardice of my colleagues.
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8.
Lies

Lying to the young is wrong.
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.
Telling them
that God’s in his heaven
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9.
Picture Of Childhood

Elbowing our way, we run.
Someone is being beaten up in the market.
You wouldn’t want to miss it!
We pick up speed, racing to the uproar,
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10.
Career

Galileo, the clergy maintained,
was a pernicious and stubborn man.
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