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New Year’s Song

Batyr Berlyev

From the Book «Parting Song»

These poem was written by Batyr Berdyev in the first months of imprisonment (December 2002-March 2003). The manuscript was secretly handed over to the public and published in 2017

To Rakhman Berdyev,
My beloved son

Happy New Year, my son, Happy New Year!
Let the lights shine bright on the tree.
Tonight, before God, you and I and your mother
Will be together, as we used to be.

Let the cotton snowflakes hang in the air,
And let your laughter be joyful,
The old year bears away our troubles and partings
And leaves us hope enough for all.

Let the tree spark with tinsel and baubles;
Let the New Year fairytale be told;
Let the clock strike for good luck at midnight
And for the bright days ahead.

Happy New Year, my son, Happy New Year!
Let it be a year warmed by love.
Let your mother’s smile shine for ever
Like a perfect cloudless sky.

Let all your daydreams come true;
Let the fairtytale bells ring out;
Let good luck hasten to meet you,
To embrace you and kiss you.

Happy New Year, my son, Happy New Year!
Let the lights shine bright on the tree.
Tonight, before God, you and I and your mother
Will be together, as we used to be…

28.12.2002

Translated by Catherine Fitzpatrick and James Womack

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