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Akhmatova – For the Memory of a Friend

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On Victory Day, serene and misty,
When sunset, as if blazing, is all red,
The spring belated has been busy
Like a widow at a nameless grave.
She kneels and is in no hurry to be off,
Would puff on a bud and brush the green lawn,
And take a butterfly from shoulder down,
And fluff up a nascent dandelion.

Anna Akhmatova, ?????? ????? (1945)(Marina Korsakova-Kreyn transl.)(Victory Day, the ???? ?????? of this piece, falls on May 9. This commemorates the conclusion of the Second World War.)

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