Vladimir Vysotsky. Family Affairs.

It’s no use to talk to thee!..Adapted from Alec Vagapov’s translation by Akbar Muhammad.

It’s no use to talk to thee! I think
What thou sayest is a rambling chatter.
So I’ll better go to have a drink,
And discuss with boys a serious matter.

They have vital questions to decide,
For example: “Who’s the most hard drinker?”
And their range of interests is wide —
From our stand to where they sell hard liquors.

We debate two quite important points,
As we hold a heated conversation:
One is how to get the missing coins,
And the other — who will fetch libation.

Thou dost give me kvass instead of wine...
I’m not able to justify thy vision.
Thy intelligence doesn’t equal mine,
Thou shouldst polish up thy erudition!

1964.

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