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Anna Akhmatova

Let my heiress have full rights,
Live in my house, sing songs that I composed.
Yet how slowly my strength ebbs,
How the tortured breast craves air.
The love of my friends, my enemies’ rancor
And the yellow roses in my bushy garden,
And a lover’s burning tenderness—all this
I bestow upon you, messenger of dawn.
Also the glory for which I was born,
For which my star, like some whirlwind, soared
And now falls. Look, its falling
Prophesies your power, love and inspiration.
Preserving my generous bequest,
You will live long and worthily.
Thus it will be. You see, I am content,
Be happy, but remember me.

― Anna Akhmatova, “Let my Heiress have Full Rights,” The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova. (Zephyr Press; Expanded, Updated, Subsequent edition, September 1, 2000) Originally published 1965.

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