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Saddest Poem Ever Written
03-19-2014, 06:12 AM #1
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This poem "Son" was written by the Russian Jewish poet Pavel Antokolsky,a year after the death of his 18 year old son Lieutenant Vladimir Antokolovsky,killed in action on June 6th,1942...

I think its the saddest peom ever written and the most profound and haunting poem i've ever read and the word "Daughter" could be used in place of "Son" and would be just as meaningful and effective, just as emotionally shattering and unforgettable...

Quote:"Do not call me,father,do not seek me,
Do not call me,do not wish me back"

"We’re on a route uncharted,fire and blood erase our tracks.
On we fly,on wings of thunder,never more to sheath our swords.
All of us in battle fallen not to be brought back by words"

"Will there be a rendezvous? i know not,i only know we still must fight.
We are sand grains in infinity,never to meet,never more see light"

"Farewell"

"Farewell then my son,farewell then my conscience.
My youth and my solace my one and my only"

"And let this farewell be the end of a story,
Of solitude vast and which none is more lonely.
In which you remain,barred forever and ever,
From light and from air,with your death pangs untold.
Untold and unsoothed,not to be resurrected.
Forever and ever an eighteen year old"

"Farewell then,no trains ever come from those regions,
Unscheduled or scheduled no aeroplanes fly there.
Farewell then my son,for no miracles happen,
As in this world dreams do not come true"

"Farewell"

"I will dream of you still as a baby,
Treading the earth with little strong toes,
The earth where already so many lie buried.
This song to my son is come to its close"
03-19-2014, 04:48 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
Posts:15,049 Threads:428 Joined:Jun 2012
tissueguy.gif That tugged at my heart strings.
03-19-2014, 05:27 PM #3
Ruby Wolf Member
Posts:10,786 Threads:721 Joined:Oct 2012
(03-19-2014, 04:48 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  tissueguy.gif That tugged at my heart strings.
30,000,000 Russians were killed during World War Two 12,000,000 soldiers and 18,000,000 civilians...

30,000,000 versions of this poems anguished memories of sons and daughters lost forever over and over again...

Laurence Olivier narrates this poem during i think episode 11 of the British documentary The World At War "Red Star Rising" and i searched for over an hour for a you tube recording to post along with the words above but couldnt find one anywhere...
03-19-2014, 05:36 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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08-11-2016, 09:16 PM #5
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(03-19-2014, 06:12 AM)Beautiful Void Wrote:  This poem "Son" was written by the Russian Jewish poet Pavel Antokolsky,a year after the death of his 18 year old son Lieutenant Vladimir Antokolovsky,killed in action on June 6th,1942...

I think its the saddest peom ever written and the most profound and haunting poem i've ever read and the word "Daughter" could be used in place of "Son" and would be just as meaningful and effective...

Quote:"Do not call me,father,do not seek me,
Do not call me,do not wish me back"

"We’re on a route uncharted,fire and blood erase our tracks.
On we fly,on wings of thunder,never more to sheath our swords.
All of us in battle fallen not to be brought back by words"

"Will there be a rendezvous? i know not,i only know we still must fight.
We are sand grains in infinity,never to meet,never more see light"

"Farewell"

"Farewell then my son,farewell then my conscience.
My youth and my solace my one and my only"

"And let this farewell be the end of a story,
Of solitude vast and which none is more lonely.
In which you remain,barred forever and ever,
From light and from air,with your death pangs untold.
Untold and unsoothed,not to be resurrected.
Forever and ever an eighteen year old"

"Farewell then,no trains ever come from those regions,
Unscheduled or scheduled no aeroplanes fly there.
Farewell then my son,for no miracles happen,
As in this world dreams do not come true"
True
"Farewell"

"I will dream of you still as a baby,
Treading the earth with little strong toes,
The earth where already so many lie buried.
This song to my son is come to its close"



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