Ode To The Russian Revolution – Kevin Higgins

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Ode To The Russian Revolution

after Warren Beatty & John Reed

 

Not the continent of tractor factories

you became. Nor the photographs of those

later killed by questions they didn’t ask.

 

But the banners made of bed linen

flooding Nevsky Prospect. A boy’s laughter

at an old man’s shout of “Down with everything!”

on a street packed with serious talk.

Another man vanishing into the morning

with some odd vases of valuable porcelain.

The high white letters of the crowd’s

new sounding slogans, as they move

around the corner on their way

who knows where.

KEVIN HIGGINS