It may be that a better way
to conquer time and world
is to pass and not to leave a trace—
to pass, and not to leave a shadow
on the walls… To be, …
It may be that the better art
is with the hand of Bach
to leave the organ undisturbed—
to vanish, not to leave a cinder
for the urn … To be, but by deceit:
to strike yourself from latitudes.
to slip through time as through the sea
and not to break the waves.
Marina Tsvetaeva (1923)