Vladimir Vysotsky. Who For What Runs.

The Morning Exercise.Adapted from Andrey Kneller’s translation by Akbar Muhammad.

Don’t sleep, comrades, do awake —
 

 
 let’s start running on the place.

Look, all runners are as even as on the start!

How it’s good when a beginner
 

 
 can be sure he’ll be the winner,

Stationary running sets at ease the
 

 
 soul and heart!

Breathe in deeply, arms — out more,
 

 
 don’t move quickly — three and four!

Grace and pliability are emphasized!

All around conditioning,
 

 
 the revival quickening —

If ye’re as yet fidgeting —
 

 
 the exercise!

If ye’re doing it at home,
 

 
 do lie down, friends — three and four!

Go correctly through each single motion!

Lose the tensity ye feel,
 

 
 get accustomed to the drill,

Breathe in very deeply till
 

 
 exhaustion!

Tears all people throughout the world
 

 
 influenza — three and four!

The disease is gradually thriving.

Those who’re weak will meet their death!
 

 
 If ye wish to keep good health,

With cold water rub yourself
 

 
 or, shower ye!

If ye’ve spent not all your force —
 

 
 stand and squat, friends, stand and squat.

Don’t fear the Antarctic and the Arctic!

’Stead of coffee, strong tea, cognac,
 

 
 pills averted all-night turning,

May people use the active prophy-
 

 
lactic!

All the talking should be stopped —
 

 
 keep on squatting till ye drop,

And don’t be depressed or sullen creatures!

If ye cannot hold your ardor,
 

 
 set yourself to something harder —

In the ice hole, start the drilled pro-
 

 
 cedures!

If ye cannot hold your ardor,
 

 
 set yourself to something harder —

In the ice hole, start the drilled pro-
 

 
 cedures!

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