The longer the silence between them,
The harder the waiting becomes,
The more I’m tormented with love!
I want not to think and I suffer,
I want to forget and remember
That marvelous smile of yours!
It makes me recall your caresses,
It rouses the passion inside me,
And I’m more tormented with love.
Parnok, Sophia (1885-1933)
From the age of six she took refuge in writing, and during her last two years at the gymnasium (1901-1903) wrote extensively, especially about her lesbian sexuality and first love affairs. Her creativity would remain closely linked with her lesbian experience throughout her poetic life as she struggled to make her unique voice heard in her antilesbian literary culture.