Nikolai Ernestovich Radlov
(Born St. Petersburg, 1889; died Moscow [?], 1942)
Samuil Iakovlevich Marshak
(Born Voronezh, 1887; died Moscow, 1964)
Parisian Parade, TASS No. 0538, August 17, 1942
2518 x 1000 mm
“SS” in Russian stands for “son of a bitch."
Berlin paraded its fierce SS-men,
Along the streets of Paris.
And that same day
The German Great Dane
Began to bark more fiercely,
In order to be heard
On the English Channel:
“Woof! Woof! Our Parisian parade
Lasted two hours straight!”
A dirty lapdog named Fifi
From the agency HAVAS-OFI [the French news agency]
Squealed in response:
“Parade, yes, parade! Here in Paris!"
And to this barking of fascist hounds
Others responded from the distance:
“The parade lasted a hundred hours!”
Two small dogs yelped
Inscribed on the map:
The dogs’ chorus
Is still not
But why are the dogs barking?
Apparently, they’re trying to scare someone.
And, as is always
The case with dogs,
They only end up
Gift of the USSR Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, 2010.143