Poetry Corner: “Behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall”

Behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall

Being a party member is a responsibility
We serve the people with our utmost ability
So to say we obtain the privileges of an aristocratic nobility
is sheer and scheming capitalist naivety

We serve our mighty land and people
merely a gunshot (as Beria would say) away from the Kremlin steeple
we labour night and day in offices located anywhere from Georgia the wonderful land of Comrade Stalin
to cold little towns like Aldan

Just because we have a five star flat off the square
shows how much for the people we do care
why then your sarcastic stare

I’m nothing but a hard working man
so why the comments over my Black Sea tan
and that expensive Swiss electric fan?

My suits from France
are needed for an occasional diplomatic prance
not for my personal prestige to enhance

My Zil with a chauffeur
is provided to me as I am not a loafer
in fact I am in it now to visit Iraqi foreign minister Soffer

Being so busy it is imperative we have our own stores
not because of corrupt mores
that you suggest make us rotten to our cores

We are still members of the proletarian kind
and your unfounded accusations are but a product of a capitalist roader mind
to suggest that to bourgeoise lifestyles we have fell
and I respectfully say to that you can go to hell

Ask any of our folk
and suggest to them we have privileges and they’ll take it as an ill joke
and perhaps to you deliver a warning poke
we are no different than them
our happy and content comrades would heartily agree
if not you probably think I’d expel them to the cold Siberian degree

It’s this Solzhenitsyn chap who has caused such a flap
with his groundless crap
but our censors were on the rap
and he was liquidated from our map

Every citizen is free like me
oh why can’t you see through all this propaganda of the CIA
and for once agree with me
all we do is administer
and if the skilled like me become a Politburo minister
what in the hell is no sinister

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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