Thursday, October 26, 2006

Happy Birthday, Leon Trotsky!

Today is Thursday, 26 October 2006.

Today is the birthday in 1879 of Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known to history as Leon Trotsky, a Marxist, and, with Lenin, the two who made the revolution of October 1917.

The idealism of Trotsky and Lenin lost out, in the end, to the vicious ambition of Stalin.

But, at least, Trotsky and Lenin attempted, however flawed and fumbling, to find a just social existence.

“Bring flowers to the rebels failed.”


I Think Continually Of Those Who Were Truly Great
Stephen Spender

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul's history
Through corridors of light where the hours are suns
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields
See how these names are fŠted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire's center.
Born of the sun they traveled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honor.


Anonymous Leon Radish said...

Right on!

9:52 AM  

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