When Someone Dies (Akhmatova). 2018. Hand embroidery on linen, 27.875 x 24.175 in. (70.8 x 61.4 cm)

When someone dies
His portraits change.
The eyes gaze in a different way and the lips
Smile a different smile.
I noticed it when I returned
From a certain poet’s funeral.
And since then I’ve checked frequently,
And my conjecture has been confirmed.

Anna Akhmatova