by Anna Akhmatova
My hands clasped under a veil, dim and hazy…
"Why are you so pale and upset?"
That's because I today made him crazy
With the sour wine of regret.
Can't forget! He got out, astound,
With his mouth distorted by pain...
I, not touching the railing, ran down,
I was running to him till the lane.
Fully choked, I cried, "That's a joke --
All that was. You get out, I'll die."
And he smiled very calmly, like stroke:
"It is windy right here -- pass by."
Last updated July 15, 2015