FanPost

The Russian Poet Prepares for the Postseason

Every day the boots fall like hammers on the steps.

Twice daily, if I am lucky,

There follows the clack of a gruel-filled tin plate

Sliding through the blinking grate.


If I am unlucky, someone upstairs is curious.

Come along, give us some answers.


Elsewhere, doors open and shut, shuffling feet between two pairs of goosesteppers,

A steady stream of clowns, comedians, poets and hacks.

They come, they go.

In between, they wait.


I am told, by the taps on the drainpipe, that some of you have waited.

Six years! Twelve years! Sixty-five, even!

Waiting, with the dank water rotting your shoes, the soles of your feet,

As the puffed-up brayers watch their tanks parade through the square.


I have waited as well, through three-quarters of a century,

Watching the gray walls harshly until I can bore right through them,

And force a sunset to curl into this tight room

To turn my bones from white to red.


They killed me a thousand times,

With vermin, with disease, with fists, knives, and a lonely bullet.

They killed me with my best friends,

Whispering beside me while writing down my words.


Words that should dart through the reeds like a dragonfly!

Instead, pinned and broken, ruined by thick tongues.


Today, though, I heard the tanks growl and cough, and then stop.

I heard the fat boots fleeing down the corridors.

I heard the doors swinging open, and hesitant steps

Turned into a sibilant ballet.


And I heard this door creak and open, and saw a thousand motes

Dancing in the shaft of an unseen light.

I saw the hands, hard and rough, bruised and bloody,

Waving toward me like clouds.


Come out! Come up! Something glorious is happening!

And the tattered rags of a thousand waifs

Billow behind them like flags as they rush to the surface,

Scattering their glee.


I shuffle my clicking bones to the bottom of the steps,

And my upward gaze dissolves in the promise of the September sky.


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker