Everything is Plundered


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Anna Akhmatova

1889 – 1966

The poem below takes on vast meaning when it’s known how much suffering and betrayal stalked this woman’s life. She was praised by other writers and poets but condemned by her government.

Why do the people who suffer so tragically have such power to inspire us to rise above suffering?

What is it about the human soul that makes it shine like gold when the fire is hottest?

Everything is Plundered

Everything is plundered, betrayed, sold,
Death’s great black wing scrapes the air,
Misery gnaws to the bone.
Why then do we not despair?

By day, from the surrounding woods,
cherries blow summer into town;
at night the deep transparent skies
glitter with new galaxies.

And the miraculous comes so close
to the ruined, dirty houses –
something not known to anyone at all,
but wild in our breast for centuries.

By: Anna Akhmatova

tr. by Stanley Kunitz with Max Hayward

New Interview

Anna’s Wisdom

Peopleized by: amzolt – Sunday, 27 April 2008


Anna is a very special person. A poet who can break every rule while she’s creating new “rules”. A soul-glowing friend who has the voice of an angel !

amzolt: How long have you been writing?

flameoflife: I have been writing since I was thirteen years old. At least that is when I began writing non-stop. I would say about eleven years total.

amzolt: Is it mostly poetry?

flameoflife: I am more comfortable with poetry. Though…I am working on a novel.

amzolt: When were you first published and in what form?

flameoflife: I was first published at the age of fourteen via a self publishing company. I would call it a vanity press which fortunately though at the time was offering a free publication for the duration of one month. The book was entitled Embraced and it was a paperback of poetry.

amzolt: What makes you write?

flameoflife: The flame that sparks the pen.

flameoflife’s Page: Anna’s Site Authors Page: amzolt
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