A Russian poem of hope.

I came across this Russian poem. It was written during the siege of Leningrad between 1941-1943. I find this very poignant. Its is a poem of hope. No matter how hard life gets or how ill we feel, we have to try, and we have wait. One day things may just get better for us. If we don’t try, then what is there? And if we do fail, then at least someone may say, “at least they tried.” Then again, If we try then we can’t have failed. Can we?

Wait for me and I’ll return

Only wait very hard

Wait when you are filled with sorrow as you watch the yellow rain

Wait when the winds sweep the snowdrifts

Wait in the sweltering heat

Wait when others have stopped waiting forgetting their yesterdays

Wait even when from afar no letters come to you

Wait even when others are tired of waiting

Wait even when my mother and son think I am no more

And when friends sit around the fire drinking to my memory

Wait, and do not hurry to drink to my memory too

Wait, for I’ll return

Defying every death

And let those who do not wait say that I was lucky

They will never will understand that in the midst of death

You with your waiting saved me

Only you and I will know how I survived

It’s because you waited as no one else did


About Derbyshire Counselling Service

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor who started working in the field in 1990. I have been seriously ill and almost died from an eating disorder. Anorexia was my best/worst friend for so long. Now it has gone and its time to start again. I want to help others eat their illness. I offer a unique service as i can truly empathise with my clients and help them in a way that almost every other counsellor can not. I saw so many other people suffering so painfully and desperately and i witnessed and suffered some terrible treatments by healthcare professionals. I truly would like to let the world know how much we suffer in silence and try and and these indignities. I was ill for 20 years but my sense of altruism remains as fresh as ever
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