A Little Pushkin Can Go a Long Way

by Mark Chmiel

My friend is assiduous in learning Russian
Her son and daughter-in-law reside in Saint Petersburg
She’s headed there in May
She tells me she needs to get a book of Pushkin
Memorize some of his lines for when she’s in the taxis
So she can connect with the taxi-drivers

This leads me to wonder
Are there Russians in Saint Petersburg
Who will soon visit family in New York
Who  are memorizing passages
From Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
So as to hit it off with Manhattan taxi-drivers?

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