Mongolia Monday- “Mongolian Horse”- A Poem

This poem is from a book that I found in the Art Shop at the Museum of the Chojin Lama. It is called “Modern Mongolian Poetry (1921-1986)” and was published in 1989, just before the non-violent revolution in which Mongolia made the transition from communism to democracy. It was my first introduction to Mongol poetry.

Poets and other creative people who objected to the communist government had to be very careful in what they said, wrote and painted. There are many poems in the book extolling the wonderfulness of the socialist system, heroic workers and battle victories. But, carefully couched in metaphor, are other points of view. I’ll be posting some of both in the future, but today’s poem is about a subject that I suspect all Mongols of the time could agree on…HORSES!

Mongol horses, Baga Gazriin Chuluu, July 2010

MONGOLIAN HORSE

Crowning our glorious motherland
With victory after victory.
Raising the victorious banner,
We always went on horseback.

As a Mongolian’s courage
Is measureless,
So the Mongolian horse’s strength
Is boundless.

When the good Mongolian people
With their history of victory
Did their good deeds
Their good horses played their part.

As a Mongolian’s courage
Is measureless,
So the Mongolian horse’s strength
Is boundless.

In doing work
For our happiness
Our spirited Mongolian horses
Will work with us ceaselessly.

As a Mongolian’s courage
Is measureless
So the Mongolian horse’s strength
Is boundless.

Dalantain Tarvaa