When Someone Says: "Alexandria"



When someone says: "Alexandria,"
I see the white walls of a house,
a small garden row of gillyflowers,
an autumn evening's pale sunlight
and hear the music of distant flutes.

When someone says: "Alexandria,"
I see stars above the hushed city,
drunken sailors in dark quarters,
a dancing girl performing the "wasp,"
and hear tambourines and the noise of fights.

When someone says "Alexandria,"
I see a pale purple sunset above the green sea,
the flickering of furry stars
and the light grey eyes beneath thick brows
that I see even when
no one says: "Alexandria!"

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Abbxx Acxxx Acxxxa
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 555
Words 103
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 6

Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin

Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin was a Russian poet, musician and novelist, a prominent contributor to the Silver Age of Russian Poetry. more…

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