Autumn and Everything After – Lychakiv Cemetery (Lviv: The Story of a City #9)

Against the hope, which stands upon a cloud
Of tears, anchored to the swift winds’ crest
And turns its eyes toward the stormy shroud
And tempest,
I trust in the stars undimmed in squall’s scope
Against all hope –
Maria Konopnicka
Contra Spem Sparo,  (trans. by Michael Mikos)

Autumn and Everything After

Autumn and Everything After

Flower Girl

Flower Girl

A helping hand

A helping hand

Looking away

Looking away

Harvest of sorrow

Harvest of sorrow

Lady in waiting

Lady in waiting

Grief and Oblivion

Grief and Oblivion

A different kind of blue

A different kind of blue

Broken Wing

Broken Wing

Looking over the shoulder

Looking over the shoulder

Somnia

Somnia

Decrepidation

Decrepidation

 

Uprising

Uprising

Tipping point

Tipping point

Disarmed

Disarmed

 

A Lasting Illusion

A Lasting Illusion

Ascension of mourning

Ascension of mourning

Praying at the Altar

Praying at the Altar

 

Maria Konopnicka

Maria Konopnicka – born Suwalki, Congress Poland 1842, died Lviv, Austria-Hungary 1908

And yet with wings beating against darkness,
Enveloped in a sphere of our hell aglow,
My eyes are seeking the day’s sun and brightness
Contra spem – spero…
In the depth of the graves I feel life’s thrill,
And I trust still… –
Maria Konopnicka
Contra Spem Sparo (
trans. by Michael Mikos)

All photos taken by the author on the morning of October 31st, 2015 at Lychaviv Cemetery, Lviv

 

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