#Painting#Portrait#Stories about them

In the shelter

Oil on canvas



…On second thoughts

I got back to the trash cans.

«I’m a human being too» -

the womn said in answer

to my rediculous bewildered question.

Of course she is unwell.

«They call me Baba Masha» -

she introduced herself .

It was so cold -

the air seemed to grow white.

The Day of Lifting of the Siege

was soon to come.

I left. I knew

That Baba Masha would be here

every day

To dig in garbage

As if in my soul.


Natalia Mandelshtam