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Worshipping at Lenin's Mausoleum by Judith A. Rypma
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Dec 06, 2016

it was amazing
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2004: THE INFORMATION AGE ARRIVES IN RUSSIA

His caretaker admitted this year
that Vladimir’s Ilych Lenin’s genitals
are still intact

which is more than anyone
should want to know
though better

than knowing nothing
the way it used to be.


REFLECTIONS WHILE VIEWING CATHERINE THE GREAT’S JEWELS

At Moscow’s Diamond Fund
I am almost arrested
for being a poet
or at least the guard threatens

to take away my pen
use the notebook as evidence
perhaps believes I am here
to copy the crown’s massive ruby

or more likely the scepter’s
black Orlov diamond
in order to craft my own imitation
but I’d like to tell him

its owner—the Empress
who was gifted the giant gem
by her lover
was also addicted to writing

the most prolific case of hypergraphia
in the history of Russia’s monarchy
and so when the suspicious man
reaches out to snatch the spiral pad

I do not give it up
do not do what she did in her early thirties
when accused of conspiring against Elizabeth
she was forced to toss her writings

into the flames. Sacrifice all
those thoughts, plans, reflections
to history’s bowels. Instead
I do what she did after her coup

for nearly forty years
hoarding every last scrap
scribbling in every page’s margin
producing stacks of manuscripts
keeping up voluminous correspondence

neither of us willing to surrender
a single word
to a tiny uniformed tyrant

instead preferring
to get revenge
by writing it all down
for posterity.

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