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A Song – Iossif Brodskij Janeiro 28, 2009

Filed under: Iossif Brodskij,poetry — looking4good @ 1:19 am
sofa image from here

I wish you were here, dear, I wish you were here.
I wish you sat on the sofa
and I sat near.
the handkerchief could be yours,
the tear could be mine, chin-bound.
Though it could be, of course,
the other way around.

I wish you were here, dear,
I wish you were here.
I wish we were in my car,
and you’d shift the gear.
we’d find ourselves elsewhere,
on an unknown shore.
Or else we’d repair
To where we’ve been before.

I wish you were here, dear,
I wish you were here.
I wish I knew no astronomy
when stars appear,
when the moon skims the water
that sighs and shifts in its slumber.
I wish it were still a quarter
to dial your number.

I wish you were here, dear,
in this hemisphere,
as I sit on the porch
sipping a beer.
It’s evening, the sun is setting;
boys shout and gulls are crying.
What’s the point of forgetting
If it’s followed by dying?

Joseph Brodsky (gebürtig Iossif Alexandrowitsch Brodskij, russisch Иосиф Александрович Бродский; b. 24. Mai 1940 in Leningrad; † 28. Jan, 1996 in New York)

 

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