Hristo Smirnenski

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Hristo Smirnenski born as Hristo Izmirliev, (September 29, 1898 - June 18, 1923) was a Bulgarian poet and prose writer. His hometown was Kukush in Macedonia, Ottoman Empire, (today Kilkis, Greece), which had militant traditions and an enterprising population. Hristo spent a happy childhood in a friendly and understanding patriarchal home. He was a free, witty and playful child with a vivid ... more »

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The Red Squadrons

Heralds of a happier day rousing wonder and dismay -
Powerful squadrons rush in close array.
In the morning sad and gray, like flocks of birds of prey
Shrapnels fall in their midst or fall astray.

A horse rears high, neighing loud, and the fighter fair and proud,
Collapses pierced by a piece of lead.
The frightened horse stops short, gives out a violent snort,
Then, dashing on, leaves death bury its dead.

A thousand flowing manes and tails stream o'er hills and dales,
Like whirlwinds squadrons after squadrons fly,
Hoofs that barely touch the ground fill ...

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