On the Life and Death Commemorations of Muscovites

Black, undead hands of a loved heart surgeon

Clutch the ever-burning jewel flame

Plastic cover shelters off-white bust

Rain runs down in blots and blurs his name

 

Colours rust on flags, like padlock keys

Down rock bottom. Woman sits her frame,

Body lies below. The gong ‘gain gongs.

Children’s children dance in blindfold play.

 

Inspired by the Novodevichy Cemetery monuments, the trees of love, and “Children are the Victims of Adult Vices”

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