On the route to heaven

by Dmitry Triputin
Winter Landscape

Alexei Savrasov, “Winter Landscape” (1871)

The night light

I would like to walk in the snow
Through the darkness of the blue night
On the road to my old home
With the window that’s full of light.

Looking back, I sometimes see only
The cold field and the frozen oak
Then I smell, while walking lonely,
The far fragrance of chimney smoke.

And the light of the window’s coming,
Coming close. I’m happy, that’s true.
I can see all the stars above me,
And, of course, they can see me too.

Everywhere, wherever I go,
I miss not my warm home’s delight,
But my chilly walks in the snow
Through the darkness of the blue night.


On the route to heaven

On the route to heaven, the train passes by stations.
We are chatting, ignoring the rumble of wheels.
Being shocked by the noise, we invent regulations
Which keep us from escaping from the prison of dreams.

Near every station, there is a ghost town,
Where people are living somehow like ants.
In my youth I was crazy, I felt safe and sound
In just one of these towns, I believed in my chance.

We don’t know what we really have or we haven’t.
Everything is just movies—even stars, even rain.
Only woken up passengers will come to heaven.
Some of us will be sleeping all the way on the train.


Translated from Russian by Maxim Sviridenkov.

About the author

Dmitry Triputin

Dmitry Triputin is a Russian poet and fiction writer. Born in Leningrad, he lives in Vologda now. Graduated from the Bonch-Bruevich Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute of Communications in 1987, he worked as an engineer for many years and was awarded medals “Veteran of Labour” and “For Services to St. Petersburg”. Dmitry is a laureate of several International and Russian literary competitions. For his poems and prose, he was awarded the International Adam Mickiewicz Medal (Moscow/Warsaw, 2015), the medal “Fyodor Dostoyevsky—200th Anniversary” and some other awards. He is the author of four books and a member of the International Union of Writers.

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