An Old Friend

I’m generally not one for poetry, and definitely not one for reading it. The only poet I read and appreciated was Robert Frost. Yet, today a friend pulled out this old book that was lying around and the page fell open to this page, which was simply so compelling. The poem is by Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko, a Russian poet.

I dream of an old friend,

Who has become an enemy,

but in my dream he’s not an emey,

but still the same old friend.

He’s not with me,

but he’s there wherever I am,

and my head goes

spinning around with the dreams.

I dream of an old friend,

a confessional cry by the walls

on a staircase so stepp

that the Devil would break a leg,

and his hatred,

not of me, but of those

who had been our enemies

and will remain so, thank God!

I dream of an old friend,

as I would of an old love

that is already

forever beyond recovery.

We gambled on risk,

we gambled on conflict,

and now we’re enemies,

who had been two blood brothers.

I dream of an old friend,

like the splashing of banners

is dreamed of by soliders

who war has ended in wretchedness.

Without him, I’m not “I”

without me, he’s not “He,”

and if we’re enemies,

it’s already a different age.

I dream of an old friend.

Like me, he’s a fool.

Who’s right, who’s wrong,

I’ll not begin to inquire.

What are new friends?

Better an old enemy.

An enemy can be new,

but the only friend is an old friend.

3 thoughts on “An Old Friend

  1. beautiful emotions captured in your work.
    love your blog.

    I invite you to attend poets rally week 35, where you share your poetry and make new poetic friends…poetry awards are assigned upon completion.

    let me know when you are ready.
    Merry Christmas…
    Stay Blessed….


    1. Hi Jingle,

      Thank you. I’m not much of a poet. This was a poem I found by someone else. But I shall definitely let you know when I’m ready. Thank you for the invite.


      1. click on my name, you will see agreement,
        Thanks for the response,

        your link is currently under WEEK 35 FRESH Poets to explore, you are not a participant until you come in, say yes to my questions, and leave your entry link …

        please read my post via this link…
        hope to see you in. Deadline is next Wednesday…
        Happy Sunday!


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