I Hung a Poem on a Branch by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I hung a poem

on a branch.


it resists the wind.

“Take it down,

don’t joke,”

you urge.

People pass.

Stare in surprise.

Here’s a tree


a poem.

Don’t argue now.

We have to go on.

“You don’t know it by heart!”…

That’s true,

but I’ll write a fresh poem for you tomorrow.”

It is not worth being upset by such trifles!

A poem’s not too heavy for a branch.

I’ll write as many as you ask for,

as many poems

as there are trees!

How shall we get on in the future together?

Perhaps, we shall soon forget this?


if we have trouble on the way,

we’ll remember

that somewhere

bathed in light

a tree

is waving

a poem,

and smiling we’ll say

” ‘We have to go on.’ “…


About Mikaela

I am an artist and writer living in the Perth Hills
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