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Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova

ANNA AKHMATOVA: To the Memory of Friend

To the Memory of Friend

1945
On Day of Victory, so gentle, dim and famous,
When Dawn is red as red is burning Flame,
Like Widow over Gravestone nameless –
Belated Spring’s in troubles all the same.
She hurries not to rise up from her knees:
Would breathe on Bud, slightly caress fresh Grasses,
Take off her shoulder Butterfly, the priceless,
And send her first Dandelion on young Breeze.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, July, 2002


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