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Yevgeny Yevtushenko – Lies

I love this poem. Once you read it you will understand why.

Lying to the young is wrong.
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.
Telling them
that God’s in his heaven
and all’s well with the world
is wrong.
They know what you mean.
They are people too.
Tell them the difficulties
can’t be counted,
and let them see
not only
what will be
but see
with clarity
these present times.
Say obstacles exist they must encounter,
sorrow comes,
hardship happens.
The hell with it.
Who never knew
the price of happiness
will not be happy.
Forgive no error
you recognize,
it will repeat itself,
a hundredfold
and afterward
our pupils
will not forgive in us
what we forgave.


We all know clearly what this poem entails. I adore the simplicity of it. Yes we must teach children that life Is not at all as it seems. There are obstacles and hurdles along the way one must encounter in order to achieve & gain those goals you long for. Can someone explain their view on the last three lines? “Our pupils will not forgive in us what we forgave” . That the children will realise that they were deceived? That they would’ve rather had the truth brought forth from the start? Or just differences in generations? Help 🙂

Thank you once again Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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