Translation Singable translation © by Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov (b. 1948)

Хоронил я тебя, и, тоскуя
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Хоронил я тебя, и, тоскуя,
Я растил на могиле цветы,
Но в лазури, звеня и ликуя,
Трепетала, блаженная, ты. 
И к родимой земле я клонился,
И уйти за тобою хотел,
Но, когда я рыдал и молился,
Звонкий смех твой ко мне долетел. 
Похоронные слёзы напрасны –-
Ты трепещешь, смеёшься, жива!
И растут на могиле прекрасной
Не цветы –- огневые слова!

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  • ENG English [singable] (Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov) , title 1: "At the grave", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2008-01-30 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:35
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Word count: 60

At the grave
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
When I buried you, grieving and mourning 
I was planting the flowers at your grave. 
But I saw you were soaring in azure –-  
So triumphant, and vibrant, and blessed.   

And then I bent my knees to the ground,
And I wanted to follow you there, 
But amidst of my weeping and praying 
I was hearing your laugh in my ear.   

All the funeral tears are in vain,
You are fluttering, laughing, alive, 
And your beautiful tomb all is covered 
Not with flowers –-  but with glowing words!


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Text added to the website: 2008-02-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:36
Line count: 12
Word count: 88