The Veteran:McDonald’s,Moscow(1996)

He shuffles haltingly toward the counter,
the garish neon’s intrusiveness
doesn’t suit his demeanour,
he feels like a peasant
inside the imperial palace;
He always holds things up,
his tone is invariably deferential
although there is no need,
the contrived smiles
and constrained mirth
scarcely hidden as this
clown begins to entertain;
“No,sir,soup isn’t on our menu”
“That’s fifty,no,fifty..fifty!”
“Yes,the sauce is free”
“You can’t have sauce on its own”;
“Yes,the cabbage is local”
The entertainment gradually subsides,
those queuing are getting impatient
Serve him and have done with it;
As he shuffles outside into
the chill autumn drizzle,
the paper bag seems so inadequate
in the great paws of his hands,
tears of thanksgiving appear in his eyes
and are quickly wiped away,
at least he’s never pawned his medals
to pay for this,
not like the Generals
who never have to come here.

(Louis Kasatkin has asserted his Right under the Copyright,Designs&Patents act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work)

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    You paint such compelling pictures with your lines… some may say this is sentimental but I think it powerful because there really are men like this who hold onto the shreds of their honor even when begging scraps in the cheap mcdonalds of the world


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