Others in the south may still linger, Basking in the paradise garden. Here it’s northerly, and this year For my friend I’ve chosen autumn. I’ve brought here the blessed memory Of my last non-meeting with you – The pure flame of my victory Over fate, so cold, so pure. Anna Akhmatova
Day: August 17, 2020
Is this century worse than before?
Is this century worse than those before?’ Is this century really worse than those before? Perhaps, in that dazed by fear and grief, It touched a blackest sore It could not heal. In the west the earthly sun shines yet, And city roofs gleam in its light, But here the white one marks doors with crosses, Summons the crows, and the crows are in flight. Anna Akhmatova
Solitude – Anna Akhmatova
So many stones are thrown at me That I no longer cower, The turret’s cage is shapely, High among high towers. My thanks, to its builders, May they evade pain and woe, Here, I see suns rise earlier, Here, their last splendours glow. And often winds from northern seas Fill the windows of my sanctuary, And a dove eats corn from my palm… And divinely light and calm, The Muse’s sun burnt hand’s at play, Finishing my unfinished page. A much loved favourite of mine ...