To Demyan, The Poor-Mouth

You learned, too late, that you were not exempt

(like those you mocked) of Joe Stalin's contempt.
And though you were not promptly executed,

you were expelled from the Bolshevik Party;

and from all Soviet privilege, excluded.

Now whose laugher is loud, and full, and hearty?



Author's Notes/Comments: 

The appellation, Demyan Bedny (mundane name, Yefim Pridvoroc, 1883-1945), meant Damian the Poor.  

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