Ilya Shambat

Ilya Shambat
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
November 21
Adda Enterprises
Born in Russia, family moved to America when I was 12. Got a degree from University of Virginia at 18. Worked for Oracle, translated four books of classical Russian poety, was part of San Francisco and Washington, DC poetry and music scene. Good friends with San Francisco's own Persephone's Bees and acquainted with Patch Adams. Currently married with children, residing in Australia and working on a clean energy technology implementation.


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FEBRUARY 28, 2012 2:08AM

Free to Fly

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"Vivamus mea Lesbia atque amemus" - Catullus 

Thus let us live, my dear, and let us love.
I know it is without a second care
That we can look into the heart of life
And bring alive the beauty that we share.
To sun - to shine, to earth - to bloom, to us - to kiss.
We look into the galaxies and know:
We have been given universal bliss,
Beneath the stars that shimmer, clouds that glow.
When I behold the native, simple joy
Of river running through a summer meadow,
Of butterfly that floats, of little boy
That looks enchanted at a grass blade's shadow,
When in the plasma of the beaming sun
Hydrogen atoms merge and give out fire;
When stars quadrillion miles apart can shine as one
And of their incandescence never tire;
When days are bright and filled with gentle pain
And every gentleman looks gently at you,
When in your beauteous form I see the rain
And thank the stars beneath which I have met you,
When you look in my face and say "I love"
And then your lips give out a painful smile,
When there are many, many stars above
And we that love are here for a while,
When clouds are running over sunlit sky
And rain that drops from them does water flowers
I know but only this: I'm free to fly
Since we, that will to live, do love each other.

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poetry, love, romance

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