Wednesday, 4 March 2015


On the prison lines
Queued to solace through small gratings
The barred, one woman -
Her soul stretched thin between
Inside and outside - discovered
The poetess. Her suffering asked,
“Can you describe this?” Knowing
The muscularity of description, the poetess,
Russian to Russian, woman to woman, said,
With the boldness of simplicity, “Yes, I can”.

Once in a while the verse is not specifically Christian; this relates to Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966).

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