Some of Them Exchange Fond Glances (Akhmatova). 2019. Hand embroidery on linen, 21.375 x 18.375 in. (54.3 x 46.7 cm)

Some of them exchange fond glances,
Others drink until the sun’s first rays,
But all night I negotiate
With my indomitable conscience.

I say: “I’ve been carrying your
Heavy burden, you know, for so many years.”
But for it, time does not exist,
And for it there is no space.

November 3, 1935
   Anna Akhmatova