He didn’t glorify or scold me
Like friends or enemies might.
He left his soul behind and told me:
It’ll be safer by your side.
I’m concerned with one thing only:
What to do if he should die, -
An angel will take him from me
And return his soul to the sky.
How will I conceal his soul then,
Keep it hidden from God’s eyes?
If it sings and weeps so holy
That it belongs in paradise.
Anna Akhmatova >