the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Foolish Lad

Girl, girl, I want to ask of you
What can grow, grow without rain?
What can burn and never end?
What can yearn, cry without tears?

Foolish lad, why do you have to ask?
A stone can grow, grow without rain
Love can burn and never end
A heart can yearn, cry without tears.

Tumbalalaika (Yiddish)


  1. Neil

    I am a bit of a drama queen, aren’t I?

  2. sage

    this is a beautiful song, in every translation.

  3. Rene Foran

    this is very sweet but, ugh, enough with the rain already… 🙂

  4. Lauren

    Shouldn’t all good bloggers be drama queens? How else would we make the mundane interesting?

  5. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    I agree with Lauren..

    I wrote and posted two poems this week–the mundane made interesting, hidden longing and thoughts revealed.

    And I agree with Sage–I was surprised how much I enjoyed this song.

  6. Tuck

    Ruth Rubin?…sounds like a canasta player to me.

  7. Jack

    I can hear my grandfather singing to me- the Yiddish is just beautiful.

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