Your work that to my inward sight still comes,
Fruit of your graced labours:
The gold of always-autumnal limes,
The blue of today-created waters-
Simply to think of it, the faintest drowse
Already has led me into your parks
Where, fearful of every turning, I lose
Consciousness in a trance, seeking your tracks.
Shall I go under this vault, transfigured by
The movement of your hand into a sky,
To cool my shameful heat?
There I shall become forever blessed,
There my burning eyelids will find rest,
And I’ll regain a gift I’ve lost- to weep.
-From Reed (1924)
Anna Akhmatova-Selected Poems
[pic courtesy by Amrita Puntambekar]