I, Vladimir Mayakovsky!

US-SR! US-SR!
US-SR! US-SR!

WHEN NEXT THERE IS A REVOLUTION
THE PEOPLE WILL WEAR WONDERFUL CLOTHES
IT WILL BE FULL OF LOVE AND JOY
AND NOT LOOK LIKE A FUNERAL...

I, VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY
REVOLUTIONARY AT TWELVE
BOLSHEVICK AT FIFTEEN
IN PRISON BECAME THE POET OF THE PEOPLE

I, MAYAKOVSKY
FORMED A WRECKING PARTY
TO UNHINGE THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST
MADE MYSELF A PAIR OF BLACK TROUSERS
FROM THE VELVET OF MY VOICE

FINAL NOTE
YELLOW COAT
SHINY HEAD
POET DEAD
BROKEN RHYME
FUTURE TIME

US-SR! US-SR!
US-SR! US-SR!

COME RESPOND TO MY POETRY
I AM SPEAKING TO YOU NOW THROUGH TIME
ALONE IN THE FACE OF HISTORY
THROWN OVERBOARD
FROM THE VEHICLE OF MODERNITY
TO UNDERSTAND YOU MUST LISTEN FOR MY VOICE
ALIVE IN THESE WORDS
THOUGH I LONG DEAD BEFORE YOU HEAR THEM
AS LIGHT COMES FADING FROM A DYING STAR

I, VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY
BLAZED MY WORDS OVER STEPPE AND URAL, DON AND NEVSKY

DECLAIMED,

DEFAMED, MAN , SHIP,
OSIP BRIC
MAKING POSTERS OF POEMS
BANNERS OF RHYME
SPLASHING MY VERSE AGAINST THE WALLS OF THE REVOLUTION

I, MAYAKOVSKY
TEAR WITH HORROR FROM PROUD HEADS
THOSE CROWNS OF WORTHLESS FAME
AND CRACK SOME SKULLS
WITH MY GOLD TOP CANE

I, MAYAKOVSKY
MADE THINGS STRANGE FOR A WHILE
FOR THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE MAKING THINGS STRANGE FOR YOU
IF YOU'LL LISTEN....

DEAR LILLI,
THIS THEME EVERLASTING
TO HER TO ME
ABOUT WHAT? ABOUT THIS
THIS THEME OF LOVE
OF HE OF SHE
OF HER OF ME
THIS THEME WILL BURST FROM YOUR OWN SKIN
TURN THIS MAN TO POLAR BEAR TO PUPPY
THIS MAN SPEAKS OF HIS HEART
HOLDS IT BLEEDING IN HIS HAND
FOR ALL TO SEE!
LILLI LILLI LOVE ME!

FINAL NOTE
YELLOW COAT
SHINY HEAD
POET DEAD
BROKEN RHYME
FUTURE TIME

US-SR! US-SR!
US-SR! US-SR!

I, VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKY
SAW MY DREAM DIE
AND MY LOVE GROW COLD
AND VISITED AMERICA
WITH FOUNTAIN PENS IN MY POCKET
FOUND IT FINE FOR MACHINES BUT NOT FOR MEN

I, MAYAKOVSKY
CHOSE THE BULLET TO TROTSKY'S PICK
AND BLEW APART THIS HEART AND ALL THAT'S IN IT
RESOLVING ALL CONTRADICTIONS .


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