When Inessa Armand Died
When Inessa Armand died.
Robert Service said
She kept her figure into her forties.
A woman must be notable in these ways.
A carriage carried her casket
to Red Square.
And she was interred there,
behind red bricks.
How could Lenin know the Caucasus had not been tamed
when she was sent away for healing waters and clean air?
Who thought of cholera and conflict?
So, everyone cried when Inessa Armand died-
Still young, and pretty, and beloved,
in a world that was still revolutionary
and alive with possibility.
Untouched by purges, reaction, and Georgian diseases.
which knows no party line.