To The Lady Unwilling To Renounce Consumption Of Meat From Cherkassy by Nikolai Oleinikov

Madam, avoid beef.

It brings your stomach wall to grief.

It lays its seal onto your intestine.

Eating it will make you squeal from strife internecine.

Not so with rabbits. Their caloric play

Recalls a sunny summer day.

– by Nikolai Oleinikov (1932)

– Translated by Eugene Ostashevsky