I AM NOT WHAT I SEEM TO BE,
I AM NOT WHAT I USED TO BE,
I AM NOT A STRANGER TO PAIN,
I AM NOT WHAT I WANT TO BE.
CRIPPLED BY MY PRESENT
MY PRINCIPLES ARE DREADFULLY BENT,
IN AWKWARD SCENARIOS
I BREATHE FRANTICALLY IN REPENT.
IN HELPLESS SILENCE
I WITNESS THE MISERY,
NO COURAGE TO MUSTER
NO COURAGE TO TESTIFY THE TREACHERY.
WHATEVER THE CONSEQUENCES
I WANT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH,
I AM TIRED OF IMPRISONING MY VICIOUS RUTH
I AM TERRIBLY TIRED, MY FRIEND, OF IMPRISONING MY VICIOUS RUTH..
The Artist – Ilya Repin
Ilya Yefimovich Repin was one of the most renowned Russian Realist Painters of 20th century. His major works include Barge Haulers on the Volga (1873), Religious Procession in Kursk Province (1883) and Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks (1880–91). Source – Wikipedia
The Subject – T.L. Tolstoya
Countess Tatiana Lvovna Sukhotina-Tolstaya (October 1864 – 21 September 1950), was a Russian painter and memoirist. She is the second child and oldest daughter of writer Leo Tolstoy. Source – Wikipedia