UNDER HERO CITY
Now bravely the beloved general
Leaves the world of parade and medal.
Manoeuvres over, he does not stay
In night’s Volkovskoye - ***
But in my heart’s day.
Now mother’s hero knight, her love
With eyes blue like sky above,
Who made her children, -
And made her laugh, and
Always touched her heart.
Now father, my sun, finds me ‘neath the stair
Lifts me from the darkness, his little hare,
In soft warm hands with ease,
Laughing hero of my child stories –
Keeper of my heart’s keys.
Now, deep under Hero City’s embrace, **
I still see his shining face
Reflected in the night train window.
He travels with me always, rainbow
In my clouded heart.
** St. Petersburg (Leningrad) is known as the Hero City
*** Volkovskoye - very large cemetery in St. Petersburg with many war hero graves.