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About What You Can Write

June 3, 2015

This is my translation of «О чём можно писать» by Владимир Трофимов [Vladimir Trofimov].

You cannot write: about the bureaucratic,
Of officers, soldats fanatic,
Of strikes, or any modern movements,
Of clergy, social improvements,
Of the muzhik, ministre seditious,
Of executions, Cossacks vicious,
Of the gendarmes, detentions presto,
Of robberies, of manifestos!
But all the rest—print simply must
Denounce with apposite disgust!
And when you write it—check, prithee,
             "128" and "103". . .