a Great poet, a citizen, a conscientious man, he lived, loved and were friends. And if to be exact — knew how to love and be friends, because fully was endowed with this talent on a par with the poetic. And these two gifts — the love of neighbor and the ability to calibrate life easy rhyme — was Andrei Dementiev inseparable. The proof is in those eight verses, which we publish on the day of his birth.