Anna Akhmatova

(23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa)

I Have No Use For Odic Legions - Poem by Anna Akhmatova

I have no use for odic legions,
Or for the charm of elegiac play
For me, all verse should be off kilter
Not the usual way.

If only you knew what trash gives rise
To verse, without a tinge of shame,
Like bright dandelions by a fence,
Like burdock and like cocklebur.

An angry shout, the bracing smell of tar,
Mysterious mildew on the wall…
And out comes a poem, light-hearted, tender,
To your delight and mine.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010



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