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A poem written in the style of the famous Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.
2022-01-27 09:00:00

*Anna Akhmatova
New Verse by Once-Famous Poets

*Anna Akhmatova
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Your Instastory plays on repeat.
I watch you in the palace garden.
You said once just for me your heart beat.
Now I feel like a heavy burden.

To see you and Tsarskoye Selo
Only in my phone – so odd and dumb.
I’m glad you’re back to feeling mellow.
It is late. My hands are getting numb.

Pushkin’s monument. You in a mask.
The frost took hold of rowanberry.
But why must we, you might want to ask,
In three hours’ time stop making merry?

It’s good the story is so fleeting
And will fade before the close of day.
Just like this girl, scared ere our meeting
That you’ll just want to push her away.

This poem is part of the series “New Verse by Once-Famous Poets” and is not an authentic poem by Anna Akhmatova.


Translated from the Polish by Adam Zdrodowski

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Grzegorz Uzdański

Grzegorz Uzdański

was born in 1979. He taught Philosophy and Ethics at the Raszyńska secondary school in Warsaw, and is the author of the website “Nowe wiersze sławnych poetów” [New Poetry from Famous Poets] and of the novel “Wakacje” [Holiday]. He sings and writes lyrics for the band Ryby. He has also written lyrics for the bands EXTRA and Jerz Igor. He performs in the theatre improv group Dobrze and in the comedy trio Wszystko Będzie Dobrze [Everything’s Gonna Be Alright]. He lives in Warsaw.