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Author Name: FreeRey-184 2 Comments
Date Added: February 02, 2004 09:02:53 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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~ Gulf Between Russias ~
~ Gulf Between Russias ~

May 1703 the year,
when St Petersburg
replaced a featureless
swampland on the outskirts
of southern Russia.
A remarkable testament of
vissionary DIY.
The diving board of the baltic,
built on harsh rule and roubles.
Wedding cake sculptures tower
over the Neva masquerading
as buildings and palaces.
On an icey perch of the Arbat-Nord,
I view the 'Piters' shrug off the
chilly spell, tough like calousses,
they are. They we're, They need be.

Pastel paint-work, crowned with domes as
Milky Mornings pass by snowdrift mournings
lone by the Monument of the heroic defenders
of Leningrad without murmur or boast,
or anger or toast, but mix not indifference,
cause this is our strength, our fort.
Peter's Versailles and academic pedigree
churning in the marked contests of old,
a city carved in battlescar beauty,
and punitive taxation, Hello history.
Hello 1917, where are you now?
Hello befitting spectacle,
which architect summoned you and how!
who restored you for gallery purposes,
brochure articles and torchlit memorials.
...I proclaim we say thanks
enough for you comrade.
Thanks enough for you from the cross-legged
figure at wormshead; composing an eulogy
to a turbulent classic he has yet to sightsee.
Author's Notes:
Hello, got inspiration for this from a book a good friend of mine sent me, and a few articles I've read on the place. This poem is about the contrast that exists in many cities I guess, using St Petersburg as a prime example, between what they used to be like and what they are like now,in terms of living there and of how we view them. Some have said that visiting st Petersburg gives you a slight idea of what it's like to view the past in the flesh, especially when combined with history, ummm so this poem kind of highlights that in a small dose.....Enjoy.
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Comment By: FreeSavannah mccoy on March 3, 2004 11:03:01 AM Report
great poem
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on February 2, 2004 03:24:33 PM Report
A descriptive write. Yeah to the cross legged figure at wormshead for his creativity!!

Barbara *with mental images of places unseen*


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