best minds sent to gulag

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    best minds sent to gulag camps
    dogs bark, guard boots stamp
    real bullets shot, not blanks

    scientists, engineers, poets
    society robbed by bogus
    red heroes, petty soviet heroics

    so many stories of starvation,
    cruel-is-as-cruel-does nation,
    non-persons at railway stations

    solemn fathers from families torn
    barbed wire shadow faces adorn,
    godforsaken gulags now re-born,

    hearts, minds senselessly stung
    bruised hopeful eyes, once-young;
    Russsian ladders – sold without rungs

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