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He Did Not Return From Battle by Vladimir Vysotsky  more about Vladimir


Why is everything not right?
Everything is just the same
The same sky, blue as always
The same forest, same air - same water again
But he did not return from the combat

Now I can't understand
Which one of us was right
In our arguments, with no sleep or rest
I started missing him only now
When he didn't return from the combat

He would fall silent for no reason, and sing out of tune
He always spoke of something else
He wouldn't let me rest
He got up with dawn
And yesterday - did not return from combat

Lately the spring broke free, as though from a cell
I called him by mistake
"Friend, leave me a smoke"
But no answer came
Yesterday he did not return from combat

That it's empty now
It does not matter at all
I just noticed that we were two
For me it was a wind that blew the fire out
When he didn't return from the combat

Our dead - they will not leave us in peril
Our fallen - they stand on watch
The sky is reflected in the forest like water
And the trees stand blue and tall

We had space enough for the two of us
And the time was flowing for both
Now it's all for myself, but it seems as though
it was I who did not return from combat



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