by Velimir Khlebnikov
When the Tsars came out,
Because it was winter
Over the roofs of the palace,
Lifting their heads to the stars,
The royal regiment slunk along, like a wolf,
Behind the crowned head
On all fours through the square—
The favorite regiment of the Tsar,
For whom vodka
Was no cure for boredom.
Tsarskoe Selo (the tsar’s village) is a complex of palaces outside Petersburg built by various
tsars to serve as a summer residence comparable to Versailles in France.
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