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The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« on: January 27, 2010, 12:23:55 PM »
You are filled with anguish,
For the suffering of others,
And no-one's grief has ever passed you by,
You are relentless,
Only towards yourselves,
Forever cold and pitiless,
But if only you would learn to look upon,
Your own sadness from a distance,
Just with a loving soul,
Oh, how you would pity yourselves!
How sadly you would weep!

To my beloved Mama, Olga, April 1918


I simply ADORE this! It really reflects how Olga was feeling at the time, as it was only three months before their execution. Does anyone have anyone more of Olga's poems or stories? Did Olga even write stories?

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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 02:26:51 PM »
That's the only one poem written by Olga to her mother. She didn't write famous beautiful 'Prayer'. But she kept it in one notebook. I don't know if wrote any story. Anyone else?
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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 07:40:48 PM »
I thought that was written in April of 1917, at the Alexander Palace. Am I misremembering?
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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010, 07:29:51 AM »
Fascinating memory!  It was written on April 23rd 1917. At Tsarskoe Selo.
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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 02:29:49 AM »
I love that poem of Olga's as well. She has seen her mother give compassion to others all her life and now, Olga is advicing her mother to extend the  compassion  and sympathy AF would give to  others, to  AF  herself.  IMO, in doing so, Olga  Nikolaevna is giving her mother a key to accepting what has happened and "the new life" they find themselves in. If one accepts , morns, and shed tears, one can go on and forward,  even after such calamity. When this was written, in April of 1917, they are still  expecting a full,  post royal life ahead in the Crimea or  abroad. This is a hopeful poem as well as  a very loving one. Both Alexandra and Olga felt things keenly and this poem has wise advice from one emotional person to another.

But if only you would learn to look upon,
Your own sadness from a distance


However, fate did not allow Alexandra the time or peace to follow her daughter's advice....indeed, since the guards at Ipatiev House  said Olga ," was haughty like the Mother," it seems in the time from April 1917 to summer of 1918, with hope finally driven out of her, perhaps  Olga came to follow her mother's  lead. For how could one be open to their own sadness, when every day brought  ever increasing tenion and  danger? Such vulnerability requires peace and safety...which was utterly denied them.

Considing Olga Nikolaevna's known  interest in poetry,( Gleb Botkin wrote she was always  glad to help him with his and was good at it  ) it's amazing we have only one, certain, example of hers. I hope there is a scrap book somewhere with more that will one day come to light.

"Give my love to all who remember me."

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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2010, 07:44:04 AM »
blessOTMA, I agree!
I'm sure there's some sort of notebook still "in hiding". It seems almost unrealistic to think that's the only poem she ever wrote, seeing as she was very interested in poetry.
Who were some poets she liked?
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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2010, 11:39:41 AM »
That's the only one poem written by Olga to her mother. She didn't write famous beautiful 'Prayer'. But she kept it in one notebook. I don't know if wrote any story. Anyone else?
(*Giggles*) Maybe we'll have to build a time machine, go back, and ask. Ah, the irony is delicious! Then we'd really be going back to the Alexander Palace in a Time Machine!

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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2010, 02:10:39 PM »
Who were some poets she liked?

I thought I read once that she was fond of Lermontov, but I haven't been able to retrace the source.
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Re: The works of Olga Nikolaevna
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2010, 07:28:57 AM »
I love that poem ... It just says so much!