Vladimir Bogomyakov. Boris Grebenshchikov

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Vladimir Bogomyakov. Boris Grebenshchikov

В тонком сне под утро явился Борис Гребенщиков
И строго спросил: “Бухает ли Роман Перевощиков?”
Я растерялся и не знал, что сказать.
А БГ молвил, мол, что ж ты, суко? ты должен его опекать,
Незримо вести по жизни и не давать сильно бухать.
В глазах у Гребенщикова отражались всполохи неземного огня.
Я спросил его: “Борис Борисыч, а кто будет опекать меня?”
Захохотал Гребенщиков, заухал, как филин из ельника:
“А тебя будет опекать иголочка можжевельника!”


In the morning Boris Grebenshchikov appeared to me in a subtle dream
аnd asked sternly, “Does Roman Perevoshchikov drink?”
I was confused and didn’t know what to say.
And BG said, what’s wrong with you, bitch? you have to take care of him,
Guide him through life without being seen and not let him drink too much.
Grebenshchikov’s eyes reflected flashes of unearthly fire.
I asked him, “Boris Borisych, who will take care of me?”
Grebenshchikov burst out laughing, howling like an owl from a spruce forest:
“A juniper needle will take care of you!”

Translated from Russian by Nina Kossman

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Vladimir Bogomyakov
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