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August 3, 2004 by AK

More Russian pop poetry, or No disavowal for those in love

A song from a still unboundedly popular Soviet musical comedy. Music by Mikael Tariverdiev, words by Veronika Tushnova, a talented Soviet poet (1915–1965). The stanzas in [brackets] are part of the original poem, but not the song. The first lines of the stanzas are only repeated in the song. All errors and liberties mine; all suggestions welcome.

There’s no renouncing when in love:

life doesn’t end tomorrow.

I’ll stop waiting for you,

and you will come, all of a sudden.

There’s no renouncing when in love.

And you will come when it gets dark,

when snowstorms hit the window,

when you recall how long

we haven’t warmed each other.

Yes you will come when it gets dark.

So much you’ll need the warmth

that you once didn’t care about–

you’ll lose your patience standing in

a line of three at a street phone booth.

This is how much you’ll need the warmth.

[It will keep creeping, out of spite–

the tram, the train, the don’t-know-what,

the snowstorm burying up the tracks

at far approaches to the gate.]

[Sadness and silence in the house,

a meter’s wheeze and a book’s rustle

when you knock on the door

after a breathless run upstairs.]

You could give anything for that,

and I so much believe in it–

how can I not keep waiting for you

all day, right by the door?


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