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Master
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0 posted 12-31-1999 03:09 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 a translation of poem by Boris Pasternak, from the book Dr. Zhivago.
I know... I know... but I couldn't translate the one about Christmas (and he doesn't have a New Years' one)!

There’s still a twilight of the night.
The world’s so young in its proceeding,
And countless stars in sky abide,
And each one, like the day, is bright,
And if the Earth contained that might,
She’d sleep through Easter in delight,
Under the Psalter reading.

There’s still a twilight of the night.
It’s far too early, it appears,
That fields eternally subside,
Right from crossroad to the side,
And ‘til the sunrise and the light,
There is a thousand years.

The Mother Earth, of clothes deprived,
Has nothing else that she could wear,
To strikes the church bells through night
Or echo chorus in the air.

And from the Maundy Thursday night
Right ‘til the Easter Eve,
The water bores the coastal side
And whirlpools heave.

The forest—in exposed expanse,
To celebrate Christ’s Holy times,
As though in prayer, calmly stands,
In gathered stems and trunks of pines.

And in the city, in one place,
As if a mob commenced,  
The naked trees sincerely gaze
Upon the Church’s fence.

Their eyes are fully filled with rage.
And their concern is heard.
The gardens slowly leave their cage,
The earth shakes wildly in its range;
They’re burying the Lord.

They see a light that dimly glows,
Black kerchiefs and the candle rows,
And weeping eyes--
And suddenly, there’s a procession,
With holy shroud of the Christ
And every birch with a concession
Along the entrance subsides

Upon the sidewalk, ‘round the square,
They walk along the edge.
Into the vestibule with care,
They bring the spring, the vernal flair,
A scent of Eucharist in the air
And springtime rage.

And March is throwing snow around
Upon those gathered on Church ground.
As though the person just walked out
Opened the shrine, took what he found  
And gave it all away

The singing lasts throughout the night,
Those who have wept enough, they lastly,
Stroll gently, calmly walk outside,
Onto the land under the light,
They read the Psalter or Apostles

But after midnight all will quiet,
Hearing the vernal lecture,
That if we wait just for a while
We could push death into exile
By holy resurrection




[This message has been edited by Master (edited 12-31-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Andrey Kneller - All Rights Reserved
Helpless
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1 posted 12-31-1999 04:57 PM       View Profile for Helpless   Email Helpless   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Helpless

Great poem.
It really reached out to me.
Thanks for sharing!
Master
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2 posted 12-31-1999 05:21 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 Helpless and Happy New Year!
Denise
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3 posted 12-31-1999 05:34 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

You never cease to amaze me! Excellent! (As the resurrection is the centerpiece of the Christian faith, without which our faith would be in vain, I feel anytime of year is appropriate to share our thoughts on it!)

Again, well done, Master!  


 Denise

Master
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4 posted 12-31-1999 09:52 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 for the kind words and once again Happy New Years!
RainbowGirl
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5 posted 12-31-1999 11:27 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

I have a confession to make Master, it was the term Easter that drew me in cause I thought, what???, we're not over Christmas yet but what a delight to read...well done..

HUGS

 Don't ask me where I'm going, just listen when I'm gone and far away you'll hear me singing softly to the dawn.

whiskey
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6 posted 12-31-1999 11:29 PM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

Wonderful poem  
hoot_owl_rn
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WOW!!!!...need I say more ?  
Master
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8 posted 01-01-2000 03:07 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 everybody and Happy New Year!
 
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