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Let Your Inner Dogs Out

Published 18.08.2017 by asterinablog

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Why can’t you break your chains free, why can’t you voice your fears,

Why do you always seek approval, keep up to

Expectations set by remote people you have never seen, neither you heard of,

They might as well justify their own fears by putting new ones upon the others.

How many times you wanted to speak out, to blow up, to show up,

Expose yourself and let them see you are strong enough,

But enough is enough, don’t hold them back,

The voice inside, the dogs inside, little cute boys inside,

That’ve been hiding their toys for many years,

Once they’ve been told they’re much of age

To quit funny things and start thinking business.

You do let them go. Unleash them. Your Dogs.

Don’t keep them imprisoned.

Let’em bark out your problems, there’s nothing wrong.

Let’em bark, let everyone hear,

You won’t stand insult, you won’t keep mistreated,

You will bark out the truth be it needed,

But simple is your aim, and it is not to bite-

It is to find a key to everyone’s heart.

Unfurling one’s mind

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Spin and Spin Again, Carousel!

Published 09.08.2017 by asterinablog

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Carousel

Spin and spin again, carousel,
I am long familiar with your song…

It was a fairy-tale enticement
A boundless joy in pinkish haze,
You cast a lure smile so dearing
That touched my heart like solar rays…

Love pledges, kisses, oaths,
—Inebriated by hypnotic chords,—
Did we lie or did lie our words,
Did we sing or did sing the world?

Spin and spin again, carousel,
I am long familiar with your song…

Once there was a land, distant and anguished
Once it was gilded by sunshine and dreams,
Once it was smiling and shining its splendor,
But then it was gone, and languished the dreams.

Grief and torment and despair,
 — Did you cry or did the world cast tears?,—
Long shall it fade, a deceitful delusion,
The only delight of bygone years…

Spin and spin again, carousel,
I am long familiar with your song…

And there was a song, in that distant world,—
And you murmured old familiar words —
«I love you but you love me not»,
And you sang along word after word …

Our waltz has it all, «What’s gone is gone»,
Our moonlit pathway in forlorn alley,
Our boring story with night and kisses
And nothing new under the moon…

Spin and spin again, carousel,
I am long familiar with your song…

They whirl and spin and swirl at this fierce feast,
— Do you want to know the meaning of that tune,—
No end, no beginning, like a wheel of fortune,—
I am Past, You are Present, and One is Future…

Spin and spin again, carousel,
I am long familiar with your song…

 

One of the most talented and gifted Armenian poets Vahan Teryan, and his verses in my translation. In answer to today’s prompt Carousel.