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Bereza – Birch Tree

by Sergei Yesenin

Translation by Rupert Moreton

Under my own window
White is birch’s hue –
Snowy blanket-shadow,
Silver patterned too.

On its fluffy branches
With a snowy hem
Tassels’ blossom blanches –
Fringe’s icy gem.

Standing, birch is yearning,
Silent, sleepy spire,
Falling snow is burning
In its golden fire.

Lazy dawn in wrinkles,
Circling all around,
Now its branches sprinkles –
Newly silver-crowned.

елая береза
Под моим окном
Принакрылась снегом,
Точно серебром.

На пушистых ветках
Снежною каймой
Распустились кисти
Белой бахромой.

И стоит береза
В сонной тишине,
И горят снежинки
В золотом огне.

А заря, лениво
Обходя кругом,
обсыпает ветки
Новым серебром.


September 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

From the Ends to the Beginning

A Bilingual Web Anthology of Russian Verse

March 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Dragonfly and the Ant

by Ivan Krylov

A playful prankish Dragonfly
The whole Summer have sung out
Finally, she looked about;
Winter ‘s already coming by.
Like deceased the forest stays.
Where are you, those happy days,
When for her, under each tree,
Was a home and tart with tea?
The evil Winter took all it,
Leaving only some cold and need.
The Dragonfly sings no more,
As she used to do before.
And who would, in times that sore?
To escape th’untimely end,
She is creeping to an Ant
With the bitter her lament.
“Oh”, she said, “My gentle friend,

I do beg you, be so dear,
Do not leave me to die here,
Give some shelter, food, and drink
For half-a-year,
Till the Spring”.
“Did you work at all in Summer?”
Asked the Ant with a slight stammer,
“Such a speech is strange to hear.”

Dragonfly said, “Alas, my dear,
No I didn’t. Listen, I’m…
Just I hadn’t any time.
Whole Summer we were playing `and
singing”. “Well”, answers the Ant,
“Did you sing?
This is the thing!
Now, you’ll have your chance
To dance.”


August 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment



September 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

The Tree and the Cat

Happy Arbor Day!

April 24, 2015 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment


MamaMama (Rock N Roll Wolf) (1977)

The Big Bad Wolf and his friends are plotting to kidnap and ransom Mrs. Rada the Goat’s children for a bag full of gold.

Mama / Mother / Mummy / Rock’n Roll Wolf


March 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm 1 comment

The Cat’s House

January 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment


Chipollino (1961)


December 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas (1951 film)
Based on Nikolai Gogol‘s story The Night Before Christmas
Directed by the Brumberg sisters
Produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow

December 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Tale of Tales

March 30, 2013 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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