Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Rookie (18 July 1933 / Zima Junction, Siberia)

Birthday


Mother, let me congratulate you on
the birthday of your son.
You worry so much about him. Here he lies,
he earns little, his marriage was unwise,
he’s long, he’s getting thin, he hasn’t shaved.
Oh, what a miserable loving gaze!
I should congratulate you if I may
mother on your worry’s birthday.
It was from you he inherited
devotion without pity to this age
and arrogant and awkward in his faith
from you he took his faith, the Revolution.
You didn’t make him prosperous or famous,
and fearlessness is his only talent.
Open up his windows,
let in the twittering in the leafy branches,
kiss his eyes open.
Give him his notebook and his ink bottle,
give him a drink of milk and watch him go.


from Selected Poems (Penguin)

Submitted: Friday, August 17, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Birthday by Yevgeny Yevtushenko )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda
  8. Alone, Maya Angelou
  9. O Captain! My Captain!, Walt Whitman
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the Day

poet Oscar Wilde

(In memoriam
C. T. W.
Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards
obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire
July 7, 1896)

I

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ruth Stone

 

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. The Shadows of the dead., SAK Reddy
  2. A Fool Hides, Matthew Petranovich
  3. December 2014, Serenity Anderson
  4. On the outside looking In, Angell Afinowi
  5. Totally Connected, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  6. A Caged Bird, SAK Reddy
  7. A Deafness Too Excessive, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. The Generals Of War., Tony Adah
  9. Advice, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  10. Out Of Hearing Distance, Lawrence S. Pertillar
[Hata Bildir]