Anna Akhmatova

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Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova

I should be proud to have my memory graced, but only if the monument be placed... here, where I endured three hundred hours in line before the implacable iron bars.More Anna Akhmatova [07/12/2011 11:07:53]
It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.More Anna Akhmatova [07/12/2011 11:07:05]
All has been looted, betrayed, sold; black death's wing flashed ahead.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If someone someday in this countryDecides to raise a memorial to me,I give my consent to this festivityBut only on this condition - do not build itBy the sea where I was born,I have severed my last ties with the sea...More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If someone someday in this country Decides to raise a memorial to me, I give my consent to this festivity But only on this condition - do not build it By the sea where I was born, I have severed my last ties with the sea...More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children's children, pure on their tongues, and free.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I should be proud to have my memory graced, but only if the monument be placed... here, where I endured three hundred hours in line before the implacable iron bars.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No foreign sky protected me, no stranger's wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot survivor of that time, that place.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem too insignificant for our concern? Yet in my heart I never will deny her, Who suffered death because she chose to turn.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Call me a sinner, Mock me maliciously: I was your insomnia, I was your grief.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
... he is rewarded with a form of eternal childhood, with the bounty and vigilance of the stars, the whole world was his inheritance and he shared it with everyone.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The whole time I was hoping my silence would fit yours and exclamation marks would gently float across time and space so that boundaries would be crossed; the whole time I was praying you would read my eyes and understand what I was never able to understand. See, we were never about butterflies. We’ve always been about burning stars. All about us is unearthly and radiant.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Not, not mine: it's somebody else's wound; I could never have borne it. So take the thing that happened, hide it, stick it in the ground; whisk the lamps away.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I go forth to seek To seek and claim the lovely magic garden Where grasses softly sigh and Muses speak.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Natural thunder heralds the wetness of fresh water high clouds to quench the thirst of fields gone dry and parched, a messenger of blessed rain, but this was as dry as hell must be. My distraught perception refused to believe it, because of the insane suddenness with which it sounded, swelled and hit, and how casually it came to murder my child.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Give me bitter years of sickness, Suffocation, insomnia, fever, Take my child and my lover, And my mysterious gift of song This I pray at your liturgy After so many tormented days, So that the stormcloud over darkened Russia Might become a cloud of glorious rays.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Now no one will listen to songs. The prophesied days have begun. Latest poem of mine, the world has lost its wonder, Don't break my heart, don't ring out.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am not one of those who left the land to the mercy of its enemies. Their flattery leaves me cold, my songs are not for them to praise.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But here, in the murk of conflagration, where scarcely a friend is left to know we, the survivors, do not flinch from anything, not from a single blow. Surely the reckoning will be made after the passing of this cloud. We are the people without tears, straighter than you ... more proud...More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sweet to me was not the voice of man, But the wind's voice was understood by me. The burdocks and the nettles fed my soul, But I loved the silver willow best of all.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A loss, but who still mourns the breath of one woman, or laments one wife? Though my heart never can forget, how, for one look, she gave up her life.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We aged a hundred years, and this happened in a single hour: the short summer had already died, the body of the ploughed plains smoked.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We thought: we're poor, we have nothing, but when we started losing one after the other so each day became remembrance day, we started composing poems about God's great generosity and our former riches.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No, not under the vault of another sky, not under the shelter of other wings. I was with my people then, there where my people were doomed to be.More Anna Akhmatova [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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