That is, "Elephant and Pug".
Along the streets Big Elephant was led,
To show him off, most likely.
Since Elephants are not a common thing to see
A crowd of gapers followed on his heels.
All of a sudden Pug springs up in front of them.
And seeing Elephant, it raises a great rumpus,
It lunges, barks and howls
And does its best to pick a quarrel.
'Hey neighbor, stop the fuss,'
A mutt intones, 'You? Deal with Elephant?
Look at you barking yourself hoarse, and he just strolls
An image from a Soviet time film strip
"Elephant and Mug" (1986)
And doesn't care one bit about your noise.'
'Ho ho!' Pug says,
'That's just what I enjoy,
Since I can be a real tough guy
Without a single blow or bruise.
That way, the other dogs will say:
To bark at Elephant this Pug
Must be a real strong mug!'
Why did I decide to recollect this pearl of Russian poetry? It's that simple: I have seen the first cover of the recent issue of Wprost magazine — a joint Polish project with the Business Week.
|The cover reads: Found each other at war.|
Urszula and Piotr are among 30,000 Poles
in paramilitary defence organizaions.
We Russians with all our great cultural background are polite and even friendly. Always, till the very end.
But when the end comes, we go out and win. Always we do, celebrating our victories in Paris (once) or Berlin (twice).
Nevertheless, I think Poland can sleep quiet; Russia does not mess with pugs, even if they bark way too loud.
The elephant just keeps going.