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  Mark Murphy

Farewell, Leon Lvovich


Together with our boy has died everything that still remained young within us.


 Leon Trotsky



What terrible suspicions come to us in the dark? Sedov

is no more, the Moscow executioners have struck again,

they have expunged Leon Lvovich without a shot being fired.


No more will he ride the Moscow streetcars of his youth.

No more will he clean the snow from the Moscow streets.

No more will he step out under the Parisian sky with his beloved

wife, Jeanne.


He has gone to join his brother, Sergei and his sisters, Zinaida

and Nina Lvovna in death, only now will he gain the peace

he was denied in life by the ghouls of the Thermidor. *


For three days his mother and father mourn in the darkness

of their private room and they are changed irrevocably.

Now only the vengeance of history can console the Old Man.


Not until Stalin has been consigned to that chamber of horrors

reserved for the Neros and Caligulas will Trotsky

ever breathe easily again. His younger self is gone forever.


What dreams may still abound lie in the victory of the Fourth

International. Our only weapon is the truth... The truth will emerge…

Sedov’s words are etched into our minds until the end of time.






 * Thermidor is that moment in the development of a revolution when the masses begin to withdraw

from active intervention in history and the original leadership of the revolution is replaced by a

conservative bureaucracy.



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