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Someone spotted a fruit...

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Master
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0 posted 11-01-1999 02:02 PM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

*This is another translation of V.Vysotky

Someone spotted a fruit, still unripe
Shook the stem and it fell, lacking poise
Thereís one who did not sing a line
And was left unaware of his voice

Perhaps, he had conflicts with fate
And by chance, his plans went amiss
But, the guitar string has already been laid
And the flaw was unknowingly missed

He started humbly with a ďdoĒ
But never finished that one note
His first accord fell much too flat
He made an unexciting vice
A dog was barking, and a cat
Was chasing mice...

Itís funny, donít you think itís wry?
He left his joke half-way complete
He did not fully taste his wine
He didnít even take a sip

He was still only plotting his fret
He seemed timid and slow to begin
And his soul, as if droplets of sweat,
Perspired from under his skin

Merely starting a duel, so inane
He walked slowly onto the floor
Only grasping the rules of the game
While the ref hadnít opened the score

He yearned to know so much at once
And yet, he never quite advanced
Still no conclusion could be drawn
He never traveled deep enough
And her, the one whoís still alone
He lacked a chance to wholly love

Itís funny, donít you think itís droll?
He hurried, ran, but all in vain
And questions that he hadnít solved
Unsolved remained

What Iím telling you now arenít lies
He was pure to the style he held
On the snow, he was writing her rhymes
And itís sad that the snow had to melt

It was snowing that day, and at least
He was free to write on the snow
On the run, he caught with his lips
Crystal flakes in their brilliant glow

To her, in a silver-gilt surrey
He never made it all the way
He had no time to sprint nor fly
He never ran, the runaway
His star-signóTaurus-- from up high
Just lapped the ice-cold Milky Way

Itís kind of funny, donít you think?
While lacking seconds, time was tight,
And from a single missing link
Thereís a halt, unfinished flight...

Seemed funny, didnít it? Of course
To me and you, it surely did
A bird in flight, a racing horse...
Whose fault is it? Whose fault is it?



[This message has been edited by Master (edited 11-02-1999).]
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Watcher666
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1 posted 11-02-1999 05:16 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

I do so love these translations! Well done!!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
hoot_owl_rn
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2 posted 11-02-1999 09:41 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

To be that age and to be so talanted, I could rule the world should I so choose
Master
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3 posted 11-02-1999 02:14 PM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

Thank you both! "rule the world..." huh, I'll have to think about that one! *S*
Master
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4 posted 11-02-1999 03:49 PM       View Profile for Master   Email Master   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Master's Home Page   View IP for Master

"Rule the world"- that shouldn't be too hard... I'll put it on my to-do list tomorrow.
 
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