Saturday, March 2, 2013

Russian Verbs of Motion

Sailing to Byzantium to plunder
Greeks’ gold: ikons

Storming Cuman Field for a
Drink of Don

Sacking Dmitri’s holy name
For shame

And a rebel seals his lips
With cups of blood:
Plunge of the Eagle
On Fortuna’s wheel

Crossing into Poland to
Expropriate a Renaissance

Gunning down Decembrists
On December ice

Sacking Peter’s holy name
For shame

And a commissar seals the lips
Of delicate carrion:
Swoop of the Raven
Through dispersion of bone

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