for Fedor: for free speech


Fedor wrote

And spoke out

And was soon left to tuck scrap paper messages

Into the broken seams of the cuffs

Of his blood-encrusted shirts

Which as laundry, was delivered beyond the prison walls

To his wife, to wash, to his son and to his daughter

His last note said

That what he was going to do

Would be what would be best

For Fedor I write

And speak out

Against the swell of well-intended shut-downs

And missives deployed as appeasement

For, if brought to logical conclusion,

There will be nothing left

With waves stilled, streams killed, walls stripped, shelves bared

We delete

And delet







Fedor (Theodor) Kerilowitch Gluschenko was arrested in Kharkov, Ukraine, on October 6, 1937, sentenced to death on November 29, 1937, and executed by firing squad on December 16, 1937, and buried in a mass grave. Through the efforts of his son, my father, Fedor was pardoned on April 7, 1989.

 Федір (Fedir), Федор (Fedor), Теодор (Teodor), Хведір(Khvedir), equivalent to Theodore,of Greek origin