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.