Why can’t we live like that?

I love this spare gem from the acclaimed Russian modernist poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966).

“We Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye”

We don’t know how to say goodbye.
We wander all over, shoulder to shoulder.
It is already starting to get dark,
You’re thoughtful, and I remain quiet.

Let’s go inside a church, and watch
A baptism, a wedding, a funeral.
Why can’t we live like that?
Let’s leave, not looking at each other.

Or, let us sit in the cemetery,
Quiet in the trampled snow.
And watch you trace with a stick,
Places where we will always be together.


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