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Anna Akhmatova

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The silvery tree opens
to an empty sky —
maybe it is better
that I am not your husband.
The willow in the empty sky spread her transparent fan perhaps it were better that I not be your wife.
"Memory of the Sun" (alternate translation by Paula Goodman)

Anna Akhmatova

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