Wait for Me – Konstantin Simonov

Wait for Me – Konstantin Simonov

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Wait for Me ~

I first heard this on the World at War narrated by Laurence Olivier, and it has haunted me until tonight when I found out who the author was and then discovered a copy on the internet. It describes a Russian soldiers request to his sweetheart, in that terrible when 20 Million Russians died in the war against the Nazis.
At this time when a of the Family so casually wears a swastika, it is worth remembering the horror of war and how the machinery of war can create such abject cruelty.


Wait for Me
~ Konstantin Simonov

Wait for me, and I’ll return
Only wait very hard
Wait when you are filled with sorrow…
Wait in the sweltering heat
Wait when the others have stopped waiting,
Forgetting their yesterdays.

Wait even when from afar no letters come to you
Wait even when others are tired of waiting…
And when friends sit around the fire,
Drinking to my memory,
Wait, and do not hurry to drink to my memory too.

Wait. For I’ll return,defying every .
And let those who do not wait say that I was lucky.
They will never understand that in the midst of death,
You with you waiting saved me.
Only you and I know how I survived.
It’s because you waited, as no one else did.


As a psychotherapist I find this poem fascinating, highly evocative and a powerful statement of and intent.

It is also an affirmation of faith in yourself as well as another.  If you are ‘waiting’ and interested in therapy please get in touch

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