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Turkmenistan's Leader Breaks Out in Verse

The crisp air of autumn has brought out a poetic strain in Turkmenistan’s president, who last week regaled his citizens with some verses.

A poem of four quatrains appeared on October 17 in a front page splash on the Russian language edition of government daily Neutral Turkmenistan.

The lines are accompanied of a photograph of Gurbanguly Berdymukhameov in a blue suit-and-tie combination, stiffly holding his right hand up in a half-wave.

A title in large green letters bears the name of the poem: “Onward! And Only Onward, Land of my Kin — Turkmenistan!”:

Oh beloved Motherland,
You are amity and spring!
Peace — a universal banner,
And a symbol for all!

Upward, forward, onward!
Land of my kin — Turkmenistan!
Onward! And only onward
Land of my kin — Turkmenistan!

Our lives infused with joy,
Oh what times we live in!
And always onward,
Oh nation heroic.

Upward, forward, onward!
Land of my kin — Turkmenistan!
Onward! And only onward
Land of my kin — Turkmenistan!

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