Tangerine Highroller

–apologies to Osip Mandelstam1

We are living, but can’t feel the land where we stay,
More than ten steps away you can’t hear what we say.
But if people would talk on occasion,
They should mention the Tangerine Caucasian.

His thick fingers are bulky and fat like live-baits,
And his accurate words are as heavy as weights.
His orange jowls are quaking and screaming,
And his boot-tops are shining and gleaming.

But around him a crowd of thin-necked henchmen,
And he plays with the services of these half-men.
Some are whistling, some meowing, some sniffing,
He’s alone booming, poking and whiffing.

He is forging his rules and decrees like horseshoes –
Into groins, into foreheads, in eyes, and eyebrows.
Every killing for him is delight,
Beneath the red cap, his smirk wide.


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