Quite some time ago on my blog I use to post poetry that was not mine but had caught my eye…or more precisely – touched strings of my heart in one way or another. When I read “I Love You More Than Nature” by a Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, it kept echoing on the back of my mind and now it is here…
I love you more than nature,
As you are nature yourself,
I love you more than freedom,
Without you it will imprison me.
I love you carelessly,
Like the abyss, without any ruts!
I love you more than possible,
More than impossible…I love you.
I love recklessly indefinitely.
Even boozing, even being rude.
And more than myself – that’s for sure.
Even more than just myself.
I love you more than Shakespeare,
More than the beauty of the whole world!
Even more than the world’ s music,
As you are the book and music yourself.
I love you more than fame,
Even far ahead in the future!
More than any rusty country
Because my Motherland is you, not her.
Are you unhappy? Asking to care?
Don’ t annoy God with such requests!
I love you more than happiness.
I love you more than love.
PS: One of the ways it has become when the words melted with music in the original – Russian version: