Let's try some deep thinking - A poem to ponder, by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Born on July 18th 1933, he was a fourth-generation descendant of Ukrainians exiled to Siberia, He grew up in Moscow and a small town on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He was a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, publisher, actor, editor, university professor, and director of several films. He died on April 1, 2017 (aged 83) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Telling lies 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.
The young know what you mean. The young are people.
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 happens, 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, increase,
and afterwards our pupils
will not forgive in us what we forgave.