Our Sunday Guest, Anna Akhmatova, Thinking of Summer.   4 comments

Unsuited to my purpose in the rhyming
Of martial odes or charming elegies.
In verses everything should be untimely,
No punctualities.

I wish you were aware from what stray matter
Springs poetry to prosper without shame,
Like dandelions which the children scatter,
Or pigweed of the lowly name.

An angry shout, the molten tar’s hot stinging,
A magic growth of mould upon a wall…
And straightaway the verse is gaily ringing
To gladden one and all.

~ Anna Akhmatova ~ (1889-1966) (1)

The words of my favorite poetess, always, stir my soul, in all seasons, for all reasons.  Anna Akhmatova sings to me of faded, other lifetime memories, all rolled up in transient, ever faithful words.  In her ultimate poverty, under threat of imprisonment and execution, this Grand Lady, persisted, remaining true to her craft.  Akhmatova’s revelations bring back my Great Grandmothers, right through my Great Aunts Francie and Marietta and my Grandmother Martha’s childhood memories, of escaping by the skin of their tiny teeth; and the journey, into Romania, joining with the Romani, escaping the Nazi invasion and running up into France, and finally, N.Y, Ellis Island and freedom.  All while Akhmatova remained a prisoner at home.

Look how beautiful the words are in Russian:

Мне ни к чему одические рати
И прелесть эллегических затей.
По мне, в стихах все быть должно некстати,
Не так, как у людей.

Когда б вы знали, из какого сора
Растут стихи, не ведая стыда,
Как желтый одуванчик у забора,
Как лопухи и лебеда.

Сердитый окрик, дегтя запах свежий,
Таинственная плесень на стене…
И стих уже звучит, задорен, нежен,
На радость вам и мне. (1)

Thanx for stopping by.  See you next time.

(1) http://www.russianlegacy.com/russian_culture/poetry/akhmatova.htm


Posted July 1, 2012 by forageporage in Our Sunday Guest

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4 responses to “Our Sunday Guest, Anna Akhmatova, Thinking of Summer.

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  1. Lovely poetry. It does evoke memories of a time long ago.

  2. Wonderful images, the first one is especially beautiful to me

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