Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Rookie (18 July 1933 / Zima Junction, Siberia)

Antedeluvian

The woman walked past Execution Block
on Red Square
carrying rolls of toilet paper,
twenty at least,
not in her arms,
but on twine hanging from her neck.
These are the necklaces of Mother Russia today!
And this woman-
my God! -was almost proud,

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