You took away all the oceans and all the room.
You gave me my shoe-size in earth with bars around it.
Where did it get you? Nowhere.
You left me my lips, and they shape words, even in silence.

OSIP MANDELSTAM (1891-1938)

Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam was a Russian poet and essayist who lived in Russia during and after its Revolution and the rise of Soviet Union. He was imprisoned by Stalin’s government and died in a transit camp on the way to Siberia.

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