Poem - Thursday Bread

we went to GUM

to look at the shortages on display

and when there

bought some essential items

some socialist realist soap

..to wash off the capitalist dust

some workers raw wax

..to make the post Soviet candles

and finally half a loaf

we counted out our dollar-kopeks

and travelled back to the apartment-prison in comfort

smug with the decadence of our purchases

yet confident that the bread would last to thursday



I was back and forward to Moscow for work in the early nineties and this poem refers to the GUM of circa 1993..

GUM, Red Square - Moscow
GUM, Red Square - Moscow
GUM Moscow
GUM Moscow

More by this Author


livelonger profile image

livelonger 10 years ago from San Francisco

Ha ha! Croatia has "Nama", which like GUM, is an acronym of a properly-communist name: "NArodni MAgazin" (National Store). ("Nama" also means "ours", in a double-entendre) That's a great poem, Drax.

Drax profile image

Drax 10 years ago from NYC.... Author

thanks very much Livelonger

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article