Anatoly Kudryavitsky has published four collections, the latest being Horizon (Red Moon Press, 2016). His poems have also appeared in Oxford Poetry, The Literary Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The Prague Revue, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Plume, etc. His latest novel entitled DisUNITY has been brought out by Glagoslav Publications in 2013. He lives in Dublin, Ireland, where he is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal.
The Mother of All Parades
As the empire exhales the dust
of its former glory, you merge into
a vast mutual body with multiple
pebble heads. Cigarette smoke
searches your pockets and lungs.
If you doze off now,
you'll see skeletons marching past
through Red Square
and rockets watching them closely
from the rostra.
When you open your eyes again,
festivities will go on.
You'll still have a chance to observe
the huge inflated faces
rising into the air.