‘Do you know, citizens of the United States…'(Vera Pavlova)

Do you know, citizens of the United States
how we in Russia live, at best?–
just like a patient who still waits
for his test.
Will the diagnosis pose a threat?
Should you believe the bewildered seer
not recovered from anaesthetic yet
on a bier?

Граждане Соединённых Штатов,
знаете, как мы живём в России? —
словно в ожиданье результатов
биопсии.
Станет ли диагнозом угроза?
Верить ли растерянной гадалке,
просыпающейся от наркоза
на каталке?

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