A Promise to Oneself

Don’t wait for orders! Don’t delay
With reference to rest!
Forge forth! Through wind and piercing rain
And blizzard’s howling wail!

Abandon comfort’s cozy quilt —
You’re young, the way is yours!
You’ll have the time to rest your soul
When they lament your death!

Be brave, be fair, don’t heed the tongues
That ridicule and sneer.
And as a leader, take the brunt
Of duty on yourself!

If you have never been at fault,
Your life’s a wasted bloom —
You’ve shied away from picking up
The burdens of this world!

Whatever brings your lot to you —
Success or failure’s wrath,
Remember this – your measure’s worth
Will only judge our Lord!

Igor Ivanovich Strelkov, 1991

Назидание самому себе (1991)

Do not wait for the order! Do not sit,
Citing the rest!
Go! Through the winds and rains
and howling blizzard!

Leave the convenience and comfort –
While you’re young – in a way!
When will sing a dirge,
have time to relax!

Be honest, brave, does not notice the
ridicule and interference.
And thou shalt senior – answer
is not for myself – for all!

Those who had no errors –
in idleness withered –
He did not dare cargo life
example on the shoulders!

Whatever your destiny –
good luck or bad,
All Well remember: measure your affairs
estimate only God!