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Inspired by Russia. Real Client's Poems from a Tour to Russia

If you've ever been to Russia, you definitely know that this outstanding country leaves no one indifferent, as it inspires its visitors, exceeds expectations and gifts plenty of joy and pleasant surprises. We are excited to share heartwarming poems about Moscow and St. Petersburg written by our gifted traveler, Denise Lariviere, who recently returned from one of our Russian river cruises.

 

Moscow

Race Moscow's airport to catch our next flight
Valery deftly maneuvered our trip
Cutting all obstacles and queues in sight
Humbly refusing our five-dollar tip

Through noise and mosaics, Moscow derails
Six million Muscovites daily engage
Russians on subways and all it entails
Order in this proletarian age

Tretyakov Gallery, paint smartly tossed
Repin and Surikov, true to their eye
View rooms so numerous, one could get lost
Like looking at Shishkin's "Road In the Rye"

Armory showcased how rich one could get
Gold-plated carriages, crowns of fine jewels
Pure ostentation from serf blood and sweat
Proof tsars and empresses made their own rules

Walk in the Kremlin as free as you please
More onion-shaped spires to witness and view
Icons and frescoes as far as one sees
Viewing these sights gives one something to do

Alone, standing here, at history's wall
Attempting in vain to take it all in
So many people have given their all
Fighting a Cold War that no one can win

Partying Russians amid hard-rock song
Funny, we thought it a place filled with gloom
Here in Red Square, to the night we belong
Never are we to forget Lenin's Tomb

Born in the cold of political foe
Forged by inferno of secret police
May Mother Russia continue to glow
Hopefully, Moscow will lead us to peace.

 

St. Petersburg

In Russia, we woke the great sleeping bear
St. Petersburg, green with water galore
Catherine's Palace, brown feet everywhere
Schadenfreude bombed this treasure through war

Boat up the canal, straight from the sea
Peterhof waits to regale and rejoice
Welcomed by gods to applaud victory
Then nazis destroyed this cultural voice

Walk among fountains on grounds beautifully
Arranged to be viewed by nobles of old
Payment for grandeur fell too frequently
On serfs without choice, and always controlled

The Hermitage holds three trillion antiques
More things to learn than one ever could know
Flood of humanity forcefully speaks
Its true name should be the Hall of B.O.

Peter was great when he laid the first stone
Knowing the challenge, at last, would begin
St. Petersburg, you are never alone
Facing the West with a light from within.

by Denise Lariviere

 

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