“Yes, we survive” (“Да, мы живем”), Konstantin Simonov

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One of Simonov’s war poems (the most famous is here).

Yes, we survive, and not forgetting
That we shall not be claimed by fate,
That through the year our table’s setting
Will miss death’s spinning cup’s fell date.

It’s not from granting absolution
Or closing eyes to evil done,
But from cup’s spinning revolution
Approaching closer as it’s spun.

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Да, мы живем, не забывая,
Что просто не пришел черед,
Что смерть, как чаша круговая,
Наш стол обходит круглый год.

Не потому тебя прощаю,
Что не умею помнить зла,
А потому, что круговая
Ко мне все ближе вдоль стола.

Translation by Rupert Moreton

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