Yes I loved them

June 3, 2010 at 1:58 am (poetry)

Yes I loved them, those gatherings late at night, —
the small table, glasses with frosted sides,
fragrant vapor rising from black coffee,
the fireplace, red with powerful winter heat,
the biting gaiety of a literary joke,
and the first helpless and frightening glance of my love.

— Anna Ahkmatova, trans. Jane Kenyon


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