Friday, May 26, 2017

Natalya Gorbanevskaya

Born on this day 1936:
Natalya Gorbanevskaya

Russian poet, translator of Polish literature, civil rights activist
born: May 26, 1936 (Moscow, Russia)
incarcerated: 1979 - 72
immigrated to France: 1975
took Polish Citizezship: 2005
died: November 29, 2013 (Paris, France)

"It is because of people like Natalya Gorbanevskaya,
I am convinced, that you and I are still alive
and walking around on the face of the earth.
~ Joan Baez ~

Click to See Slides #20, #21, #22, #26


Weaver of words
Who lives alone
In fear and sorrow
Where are the words
To set you free
Perhaps tomorrow
Where is the earth
Where is the sky
Where is the light
You long for
What hope of you
Where you are now
Natalya Gorbanevskaya

Inside the ward
Naked and cruel
Where life is stolen
From those who try
To stay alive
And not be broken
Where are the friends
Where are the men
Who among them
Can defend you
Where is the child
You'll never see
Natalya Gorbanevskaya

What else there lives
Behind the door
That never opens
Are you insane
As they say you are
Or just forsaken
Are you still there
Do you still care
Or are you lost forever
I know this song
You'll never hear
Natalya Gorbanevskaya

Lyrics by Roy Apps, Shusha Guppy and G.T. Moore
Sung by Joan Baez
On her album Live From Every Stage, 1976

The good news is that
Natalya did live to hear this song!

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