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<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"><meta name="Author" content="Novell GroupWise WebAccess">Dear FPSPACErs,<br><br>   After one of our members kindly got a machine translation of that poem, I asked two Russians separately to translate it for me. For poems, I find it's always best to have several translations side-by-side, & synthesize the best lines. One of the Russians commented that it was not a great literary poem, but we expected that as it is not by a great poet, but a cry of despair from an engineer leader.<br><br>    Without in any way arguing with the above observation, I do find that the two opening stanzas & the closing stanza of the translation faintly echo for me the opening & closing lines in the translation of Pushkin's "The Bronze Horseman". & the Amur quay echos the line about Peter's ships pushing off from their quays. Otherwise there would be no point in alluding to Vostochny as being on the Amur riverside, when it is literally not.  Maybe it is just the sad tone of voice. I would be interested to hear what others think.<br><br> Maybe Mark Wade can please add it to the space poems in astronautix dot com?<br><br>     Notwithstanding the despair of the poet, we can assert that Russian nationalists are prouder of their cosmonautics heritage than even US citizens are proud of NASA. So even the current Russian fiscal crisis with halved oil & gas prices for at least the next four years, will not see their space programme as badly hurt as during the 1990s catastrophe.   - Keith.<br><br><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">EPITAPH FOR ROSCOSMOS
(1992-2015)</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> At the foundation of this
building</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">(I do not sin against the
truth!)</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">was a poet - his knowledge
from heaven -<br></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">together with his young
friends.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">They thought: change the
structures</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">give support to the best
minds</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">& the Motherland, where
Korolev created,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">will widen into cosmos.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">But in the traditions of our
culture,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">only victims are destined to
be talented,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">& under the billboard of
the new structure</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">a new commandant installed
himself...<br></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">... Alas, fateful years
speedily passed,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">the guiding star vanished.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Cosmonautics, Russia's pride,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">quietly went nowhere.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">The legacy of the great was
eaten away.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">One general came after
another.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">& the rain of oblivion
washed away</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">the luminous faces of the
creators.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Students drained away to the
West.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Doctors of sciences - some to
China, some to Iran.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">& only the old films</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">protected the Russians'
prestige.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Building paper mountains</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">our bureaucrats withered
& shrunk</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">& without a purpose, just
in case,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">poured concrete into the Amur quay.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">How quick are our
resolutions!</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">How strong is the reformist
itch!</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Only will the changing of
structures & ministers</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">boost fruitful work?</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Infinite impulse to
perfection:</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">MOM, Minprom, RKA, OR-Ka-Ka...<br></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Who's against reforming the
agency?</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">But why in the shape of GK?!</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">The poet stands crying</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">on the threshold of the
Universe.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">He looks into the distant
cosmos, his eyes wide open,</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">but there are no Russians
there...<br></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"> </span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="mso-tab-count:
3">                                    </span>- Sergey Zhukov (director of
Skolkovo R&D group)</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">MOM - Ministry of General
Machine Building <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">   <br></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"></span>Minprom - Ministry
of Industry</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="mso-tab-count:1"></span>RKA - Roskosmos</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">OR-Ka-Ka -<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">  </span>ORKK, United Rocket &
Space Corporation<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">                                 </span><span style="mso-spacerun:yes"></span><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt">GK - State Committee</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">An 'Epitaph
for Russian Space Agency' poem by Sergey Zhukov, the
reformist director of Skolkovo R&D group. on Facebook</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA"> </span></p>

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