Перевод песни Paul Heaton – Poems

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Poems
Don’t sit by river
Aren’t there to be picked up by poets who pass
To find them on bank
And I’m
Not built to deliver
When stepping stone love in need
Of a bridge or a plank
And youth
The stream so much wider
Thought you could slow down the flow
If you drank and you drank
Middle age
Still unable to find her
The words on the stone that you skimmed
So heavy, it sank
The ripple
Hesitation creates
The unposted poem with message
So clear, yet so blank
Love will come (Love to come)
Not to he who just waits
For mouthing from bank side seems safer
Than living in tank
Thoughts
We understood were preserved
They rotted and quickly moved on
To a less cluttered bed
And rust
Some thoughts never deserved
But treated no different to ones
You kept in your head
Couldn’t master me a classical piece
Brain’s well oiled, but it’s never been greased
Popular, but not fighting for seats
Pays the rent, but never the lease
Never been classed as a work of art
Unlikely, with the slowest of starts
Good progress if he ever took part
Schooldays when you live by your heart
When you live by your heart…
And those
Strong and able survive (Strong and able survive)
And do so at the expense
Of fiction and art
Dissolve
Unnoticed to sea (Unnoticed to sea)
As time eats the evidence left
That we even took part
Poems (Poems)
Don’t sit by river…