Laid To Rest - A poem by Larysa Kuzmenko

O beautiful flowers that lay up above
You cover me tenderly with sorrowful love
Your Petals are moist, sprinkled with tears
They sparkle like diamonds, crystalline clear

Now we confront this world on our own
For they have departed, they have all gone home
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed by thy Name...
Prayers still echoing in the silent rain

Visions of people standing dolefully in black
They visit me now, but in time won't come back
I alone in this desolate hole
Life above and death below


Antonia Yaroshevich MankoLarysa wrote this poem in 1974 at the age of 18 when her beloved piano teacher "Antonina Yaroshevich Manko" died from ovarian cancer at the age of 56. Antonina was a fellow student of Vladimir Horowitz at the Kyiv Conservatory.