The Muse (Akhmatova). 2018. Hand embroidery on linen, 14.175 x 28 in. (36 x 71.1 cm)

How can I live with this burden?
And yet they call it the Muse.
They say: “You and she are in a meadow . . .”
They say: “The divine babble . . .”
More savagely than fever she attacks you,
Then for a whole year, not a syllable.

— Anna Akhmatova, 1959