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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
“Like a White Stone”
By Anna Akhmatova
LIKE a white stone deep in a draw-well lying,
As hard and clear, a memory lies in me.
I cannot strive nor have I heart for striving:
It is such pain and yet such ecstasy.
It seems to me that someone looking closely        5
Into my eyes would see it, patent, pale.
And, seeing, would grow sadder and more thoughtful
Than one who listens to a bitter tale.
The ancient gods changed men to things, but left them
A consciousness that smoldered endlessly,        10
That splendid sorrows might endure forever.
And you are changed into a memory.

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