Tsarskoe Selo

1 May 2018

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.

1921


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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