Anna Akhmatova

(23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa)

I Don'T Know If You'Re Alive Or Dead - Poem by Anna Akhmatova

I don't know if you're alive or dead.
Can you on earth be sought,
Or only when the sunsets fade
Be mourned serenely in my thought?

All is for you: the daily prayer,
The sleepless heat at night,
And of my verses, the white
Flock, and of my eyes, the blue fire.

No-one was more cherished, no-one tortured
Me more, not
Even the one who betrayed me to torture,
Not even the one who caressed me and forgot.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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