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Regina Derieva, from The Sum Total of Violations

Fruits of Education

A teacher in a Soviet school,
Kashkin, Ivan Ivanych,
considered physical culture
an important life-skill,
and made his charges march in circles,
hourly, doing the goose step.
He knew that this "step"
would bring some to prison,
reduce others to beggary
and God knows what else. But
he was puzzled at how
some of his students
could stand on their own feet
and move about the various
continents, where to the very end
of their days they would
goose-step in circles remembering.