Philosophers of Marxist ilk designed For leveled outcomes, then they slew en masse. It pleased the Nazi socialists to grind Up twenty million lives—hence, Zyklon gas. The Russian cognoscenti chose to build A communistic state; death charmed again. The truth (not Pravda) is that Stalin killed Nine million lives: young children, women, men. In China, Mao took hold and planned his Great Leap Forward; peasant hope became despair As forty million workers met their fate. Dead students’ shades still haunt the Beijing Square. In Stalin’s words: “One death is tragedy, One million’s a statistic”—none would see. Charlie Bauer resides in Chapel Hill, NC and is a salesman for a commercial carpet manufacturer.