June 23, 2012
"

I don’t need legs anymore,
Let them turn into a fish’s tail!
I’m swimming and the coolness is delightful,
The far-off bridge grows dimly white.

I don’t need a submissive soul,
Let it turn into smoke, a wisp of smoke
Of tender, light blue
Flying over the blackened quay.

See how deeply I dive,
Clutching seaweed in my hands,
No one’s words will I repeat
And no one’s longing will capture me …

But you my distant one, is it true
That you’ve become sadly mute and pale?
What’s this I hear? That for three whole weeks
You’ve been whispering” “Why, unhappy girl?”

"

— [“I don’t need legs anymore”] by Anna Akhmatova, trans. Judith Hemschemeyer (via growing-orbits)

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