Sunday, 19 November 2006

Vorkuta

Vorkuta

You organised great hunger strikes
In Stalins’ hellish slave labour prisons

And improved the rations for everyone
Including the non-political prisoners

Until Stalinist guards one day
Following Kobas’ murderous orders

Frogged marched you out of there
to the nearby waiting forest

where you were made
to dig your graves
before being shot and burned

but time is on your side my friends
and history is far from done

Peter Burton

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