a poem some days (exceptindreams) wrote,
a poem some days

1294: (excerpt from) Mister Twister | Samuel Marshak

"Мистер Твистер" (отрывок)
Самуил Яковлевич Маршак

За границей
И вы захотите
Увидеть мир -
Остров Таити,
Париж и Памир,-

Для вас
В одну минуту
На корабле
Приготовит каюту,
Или прикажет
Подать самолет,
Или верблюда
За вами

Даст вам
В лучшем отеле,
Теплую ванну
И завтрак в постели.

Горы и недра,
Север и юг,
Пальмы и кедры
Покажет вам Кук.


Бывший министр,
Делец и банкир,
Владелец заводов,
Газет, пароходов,
Решил на досуге
Объехать мир.

- Отлично! -
Дочь его Сюзи. -
Давай побываем
Б Советском Союзе!

Я буду питаться
Зернистой икрой,
Живую ловить осетрину,
Кататься на тройке
Над Волгой-рекой
И бегать в колхоз
По малину!

- Мой друг, у тебя удивительный вкус! -
Сказал ей отец за обедом.-
Зачем тебе ехать в Советский Союз?
Поедем к датчанам и шведам.
Поедем в Неаполь, поедем в Багдад! -
Но дочка сказала: - Хочу в Ленинград! -
А то, чего требует дочка,
Должно быть исполнено. Точка.

translated from the Russian to the English by Julian Lowenfeld

"Mister Twister" (excerpt)
Samuel Marshak

There is overseas, a firm, Thomas Cook,
if bored, if you please, and you wish to look
at the Isle of Tahiti, the snowy Pamirs,
or else to visit "gay Paree",
it takes Cook a minute,
your ship cabin's booked.
Your airplane is landing,
your camel waits, too.
He'll find you a room in the best hotel,
with a nice warm bath and breakfast in bed.
Mountain peaks, caves,
so dark all lights pall,
North, south, palms, pines:
Cook shows them all!

Mister Twister,
Man of great worth,
Owner of factories, ships, journals, boats
Decided at leisure to sail 'round the world.

"That's lovely," cried out his daughter, Susan.
"Why don't we go to the Soviet Union?
I'm going to eat nothing but caviar black,
And catch real live sturgeons in handfuls!
On the banks of the Volga
I'll ride in a troika
I'll run round collective farms
With nothing but raspberries heaped in my arms!
"My dear, what a thought!"
Said Dad, as they sat there eating.
"Why should we visit the USSR?
Let's just go visit Denmark, or Sweden.
Or tour around Naples, or visit Baghdad!"
But Susie insisted: "I want Leningrad!
And if Daddy's girl wants it really,
then that's what she's given. Period!

This is much better in Russian than in English, but because not everyone reads Russian, I found/compiled a translation. The poem itself goes on quite a bit and is an interesting, historical children's poem from the Soviet Union.

On this day in...

2010: "Abandoned Farmhouse" by Ted Kooser
2009: Weekend, no poem
2008: Weekend, no poem
2007: "The Quiet World" by Jeffrey McDaniel
Tags: julian lowenfeld, samuel marshak

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