„It's all the same to me. The Yenisei swirls,
the North Star shines, as it will shine forever;
and the blue lustre of my loved one's eyes
is clouded over by the final horror.
— The House on the Fontanka, 19 August 1939“
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Requiem; 1935-1940 (1963; 1987), To Death