Anna Akhmatova

(23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa)

I Taught Myself To Live Simply - Poem by Anna Akhmatova

I taught myself to live simply and wisely,
to look at the sky and pray to God,
and to wander long before evening
to tire my superfluous worries.
When the burdocks rustle in the ravine
and the yellow-red rowanberry cluster droops
I compose happy verses
about life's decay, decay and beauty.
I come back. The fluffy cat
licks my palm, purrs so sweetly
and the fire flares bright
on the saw-mill turret by the lake.
Only the cry of a stork landing on the roof
occasionally breaks the silence.
If you knock on my door
I may not even hear.


Comments about I Taught Myself To Live Simply by Anna Akhmatova

  • Rookie - 0 Points sidharth singh (1/24/2015 11:59:00 AM)

    Such a simple a beautiful verse. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Orit Zehavi (6/11/2009 7:09:00 AM)

    it is the simplicity and wisdom of somone who lost his beloved (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jack Garvey (3/2/2009 2:46:00 PM)

    Is living simply correct? Well, yes it is, especially with our present over crowdedness. People must learn to please oneself with less. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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