The Cold War Games

The Cold War Games

Jerry T. Johnson.

 

it was late October 1997 in Moscow

my tour of duty in Russia was winding down

my boss and I just finished dinner at a restaurant

positioned just four miles from the Kremlin

after dinner we sipped vodka and talked

about fast-moving sports cars

the car he owned was very sporty,

it was a slick silver American model

he left at home in the USA because

it was much too costly to bring it into Russia

it would take too much money to retrofit it to meet requirements for vehicle operation plus he was afraid to have it stolen

stolen like many other fine western cars

owned by many other westerners spending time building factories, refurbishing warehouses,

furnishing distribution centers, buying delivery trucks, installing computers, configuring software, counting Russian rubles, counting Czech crowns,

counting Polish zlotys, counting Hungarian forints,

wherever the former Soviet Union abode

there we were with all our technical toys

playing round after round of business roulette

deluded into thinking that the Cold War games were over

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Break Time

The last 3 months – April, May, June- have been filled with poetry events I curated, events wherein I featured. I finished 4 poems and submitted them to Rattle, Narrative and Cincinnati Review. One of the pieces was over 90 lines long. Now it is time for a break. I will spend time reading, taking care of some personal business and tending to my veggie garden. I will be offline for a while but you will see me at literary venues from time to time.