He loved… by Anna Akhmatova (trans. Stanley Kuntiz)


He loved…

Three things enchanted him:

White peacocks, evensong,

And faded maps of America,

He couldn’t stand bawling brats,

Or raspberry jam with his tea,

Or womanish hysteria.

. . . And he was tied to me.


Anna Akhmatova

(Trans. Stanley Kunitz)



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