Today not one heartbeat is heard, Thatís for summer homes, tree-lined pathways. Iím falling, my chest is grabbing the lead, I manage to think as Iím falling: "This time I will not be returning, Iím leaving-someone will come forth." We got no chance, to look behind us, Meanwhile, our sons, go off to war! Now someone decided, who cares, floods can come, Stepped in the abyss from the trenches, But l-l had left my own trench, So floods would not come, wildly raging. Right now my eyes will shut forever, I will embrace the earth so tight, We got no chance, to look behind us, Meanwhile, our sons, go off to fight! Whoíll come to replace me? Whoíll take the attack? Whoíll come to the bridge that is hidden? I want it to be that guy there, Whoís dressed up in clothes that donít fit him. A smile just managed to escape me, I see whoís coming for me now, We got no chance, to look behind us, Meanwhile, our sons, to war they go! The gunshots had silenced the beats of the hearts, My heart, though, kept on, loudly beating, Maybe my end - is no end at all, My end is - anotherís beginning. Right now my eyes will shut forever, I will embrace the earth so tight. We got no chance, to look behind us, Meanwhile, our sons, go off to fight!
© Arkady Yanishevsky. Translation, 2008