Ey boys, I heard communism is popular with the liberal arts kiddos. I bet this one's a winner. Maybe if I ask her to share her earring wealth, I don't have to squat on the side of the train station and wait for government grain anymore. Plus, she'll be poor enough to squat next to me when there are no more earrings.
"Enjoying your Oktober, comrade?"
And I know I ain't gotta ticket, but shoo wee. I'm getting on that train. I try to grab a seat by her before the conductor comes out for tickets and I'm then taken to the cattle car for the rest of the trip, or worse, thrown off when we slow down by a crossing. I haven't got much time, and I know I shouldn't waste it by asking about her purple hair. But before I'm able to speak, she knows exactly what I wanted to hear.
"Why do you wait and drink vodka on the side of the station for government grain, slav? Wouldn't it be better for the strength of our economy if you worked and bought it from a farmer instead?"
I didn't know there was such a thing as farmer grain. You mean a farmer doesn't need an KGB over his shoulder to make him give me grain? That KGB can just let him own the land he works on, and he'll let me buy his grain?... I'm marrying this woman. I've never been so in love. We're moving to America, holy capitalist ideals gas mask man. I'm smitten.
"America? Where they let you speak out against government policy publicly? I heard a comedian there, cut of the head of her president in a social media post. How gore-ish. And everyone there uses this power to say such hateful things to each other. Would you really be willing to live like that?"
My feelings don't hurt like my hunger does. I hear some Chinese comrades fled to Mother Taiwan when they were asked that question. I heard their Maoist friends then killed all the birds in China, and then the locus came and ate all their Chinese Government grain. Then government make them melt their farm equipment into pig iron. Then a lot of them died, or something. 45 million deaths, I don't know.
My ancestors joined the American experiment during the American civil war, so I'm biased. One of my great grandfather's sisters was left behind in Russia because she was living with her aunt and uncle. She herself left for Germany at some point and her offspring are the only people we've made contact with from the homeland. But we've been unable to make connection to anyone else. We just know they lived in the Volga area, a part of the country that lost 5 million people to starvation after the first world war. We assume they must have all died at that point. When I looked it up on wikipedia I was disgusted to hear hear Lenin thinks the "rich peasants" were selfish for trying to withhold their grain from his government thugs... I guess if I had gone to art school, I'd be singing a different tune, huh?
This art wasn't meant to be politically charged though, I just like drawing pretty girls. The family history stuff was just on my mind when I was uploading. Going over the family Bible will do that to a guy. smh. Whiny white people, amirite?
2/10, would get thrown off the train a second time.