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.


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  • Mahtab Bangalee (1/9/2020 9:27:00 PM)

    I taught myself to live simply and wisely,
    to look at the sky and pray to God, /// self teaching is great and wise teaching
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  • (4/11/2019 11:09:00 AM)

    Lifted my heart up and gave me fresh breath- I am on the right track to teach people how to live simply and tire out superfluous worries- This is a great testimonial and image for self-esteeming time, like walking a potentially vicious dog locked in a cage too long and feel feeling the freedom to now answer the door and remain at peace with outside forces. (Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi Banerjee (12/27/2018 2:05:00 AM)

    very nice. well penned. thanks a lot (Report)Reply

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  • (10/24/2018 8:37:00 AM)

    What is the subject of the poem (Report)Reply

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  • (10/19/2017 4:11:00 PM)

    First stanza translated into Hindustani:

    kaisay main sadgi aur samaj se zindgi guzaroon
    asmaan ko dekhtay khuda ka naam loon
    aur prayshanion ki yaadain bhulany
    sham ko ghumnay jahoon
    ye main nay apnay aap hi seekha hai

    -tbc
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  • (6/22/2017 2:02:00 AM)

    THANK YOU POEMHUNTER :) luvu im in luv with a gH0St (Report)Reply

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  • Margaret O Driscoll (1/6/2016 3:15:00 PM)

    This is simply beautiful! (Report)Reply

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  • Ashek Sarker (1/6/2016 9:54:00 AM)

    loved this poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/24/2015 11:59:00 AM)

    Such a simple a beautiful verse. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/11/2009 7:09:00 AM)

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

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  • (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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