I hear the orioleís always grieving voice,

And the rich summerís welcome loss I hear

In the sickleís serpentine hiss

Cutting the cornís ear tightly pressed to ear.


And the short skirts of the slim reapers

Fly in the wind like holiday pennants,

The clash of joyful cymbals, and creeping

From under dusty lashes, the long glance.


I donít expect loveís tender flatteries,

In premonition of some dark event,

But come, come and see this paradise

Where together we were blessed and innocent.


Anna Akhmatova††††††††

(Plantain, 1917)