Parnassian Moments 15 October: Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

The Boypoet Remembers....

Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

Poet: Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov

Dates: 15 October 1814 – 27 July 1841

Nationality: Russian

Title of Poem: The Leaf

A little oak leaf tore off from its branch
Was driven o’er the steppe by a cruel gale;
Dried up and withered from the cold, the heat and sorrow
It finally alit by the Black Sea shore.

A young plane tree stands by the Black Sea shore;
A whispering wind strokes her green boughs;
On her green boughs sway heavenly birds
Singing the praises and fame of the queen of the sea.

The traveler lit at the soaring tree’s roots;
Anguished he pled for a moment’s shelter,
And these were his words: “I am but a poor oak leaf,
Matured before my time in a grim homeland.

For ages I’ve wandered without a goal, all alone
Without shade I withered, without repose, faded.
Would you welcome this stranger…

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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