Thursday, March 22, 2012
The word landed with a stony thud
Onto my still-beating breast.
Nevermind, I was prepared,
I will manage with the rest.
I have a lot of work to do today;
I need to slaughter memory,
Turn my living soul to stone
Then teach myself to live again…
But how. The hot summer rustles
Like a carnival outside my window;
I have long had this premonition
Of a bright day and a deserted house.
~ Anna Akhmatova
excerpt from Requiem,
taken from The Complete Poems
with thanks to journal of a nobody