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You will hear thunder and remember me

"You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think: she wanted storms.  The rim
of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson
and your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.

That day in Moscow, it will all come true,
when, for the last time, I take my leave,
and hasten to the heights that I have longed for,
leaving my spirit still to be with you."

:poem by Anna Akhmatova

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leaving my spirit still to be with you.

One small change from the capital of Russia to the capital of Washington State here in America, the hometown of Ki's school --- Olympia ---  and guess who you have?  In so few words, a map of Ki's epitaph.

Anna A. is a famous Russian poet last century, who also wrote "Requiem", meditations on waiting in a long line in bitter cold to bring her politically-imprisoned son a little bread --- he died inside --- and "Requiem", in the next century and half a world away, would give Anna R. material for her creative piece "Requiem for The Silent", about her own incarceration in a police-psychiatric facility in Israel.  Ki's work so impressed her writing faculty at Evergreen, at this time in February 2008, that they awarded her a 45-credit-hour academic Contract, with money, to do more writing.

Anna A. is in the news again, currently; though she died in 1966, some of her life has been adapted into a stage production called "The Heart Is Not Made of Stone", opening this coming Wednesday, in two days, in New York for a limited run into the weekend.

Akhmatova is more than just the literary giant: she becomes very real in an article-bio: "Anna learned to read at the age of seven, and was sent to {prep school} at the age of 10. In 1900, age 11, she began attending {high school in Leningrad.}  Anna was an unusual child --- more serious than other children, more stoic, perhaps to the point of melancholy.  She spent her summers from age 7 to 13 in a {summer cottage in the south of Russia}, where the neighbors regarded her as 'wild', something of a tomboy.  She swam and climbed, and cared little for the corsets and starched petticoats of well-brought-up young women.  .. by the age of 14, Anna had become a beauty, with chiseled features, huge grey eyes and long, black, straight hair.  She had a dancer's body.  As an adolescent she was five foot eleven inches tall, and so lithe and supple that she could easily touch the nape of her neck with her heels while she lay prone."

{link to full article -- http://www.caxtonclub.org/reading/2007/apr07.pdf

As a young woman she also actively engaged in bed-hopping, leading one government official to call her "part nun, part whore."

Parallels all over the place with Ki. Also, both are writing poetry very early in their lives...

"She wanted storms."

Leaving us their thunders, leaving their flight and their peace.

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