. I. Lefties, in fact, are cool with using guns. Their Mayakovsky howled The floor is yours, Comrade Mauser! as they came for the sons of their serfs, knocking grimly on their doors. What leftists won’t put up with are the guns We have, who are to shut up and obey, Ceding our rights, indenturing our sons. So get the ball rolling… Μολὼν λαβέ. . Poet’s Note: The Mayakovsky quote is from his most famous political poem “Left Marc,” which was recited and promoted in the USSR until it ceased to exist, and he has been lionized by leftists and leftist poets in crappy translations to date here in the USA. Μολὼν λαβέ: Pronounced "Molon labe"; it means "Come and take them" and is a famous quote said by the Spartan king to the invading Persians when told to surrender their weapons. . . II. Dreams are the backscatter of everything You jettisoned, forgot, or left behind. Sleep leaves you in their wake, wearing their ring, Backpedaling forward, wide-eyed and blind. . . III. The hive-mind web is vying for control: The pixelariat can bend your will Better than proletarians, until Nothing is real except your inner troll. . . Stephen M. Dickey is a Slavic linguist at the University of Kansas. He has published widely on Slavic verbal categories, and has published translations of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian fiction and poetry including Meša Selimović’s Death and the Dervish, Borislav Pekić’s How to Quiet a Vampire, and Miljenko Jergović’s Ruta Tannenbaum. He has published poetry in various journals including Shot Glass Journal, Trinacria, The Lyric, Rat’s Ass Review, Lighten Up Online, Better Than Starbucks, Asses of Parnassus, and Blue Unicorn.