The Party Foreman

Znamensk, Astrakhan Oblast 1936

early morning in
the closed city

the Party Foreman
writes down

all the pertinent details
in his black notebook.

He is known for being
a precise Soviet.

He licks the tip
of his pencil

He writes down
the sweep

of the horizon –
the rising of morning fog

from the river
contemplates the colors

that seep into him
through his eyes

that fill the day gray
spaces of himself

with detail &
elevation.

He indicates all of this
in a footnote in  his daily

report to the Party Commissars
who have never read anything

he has written

 

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