For Any Leftist Who Has Spent Too Much Time in Meetings…

…You aren’t alone!

This was the utopian conclusion to visionary Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky’s 1922 poem “All Meetinged Out.”

It’s early morning;

I greet the dawn with a dream:

“Oh, how about

just

one more meeting

regarding the eradication of all meetings!”

Lenin was not a fan of the experimental Mayakovsky (Stalin, on the other hand, would later write¬†that “Mayakovsky was and remains the best and most talented poet of our Soviet epoch.”) Even so, Lenin valued “All Meetinged Out” for its anti-bureaucratic sentiment.

4 Comments

  1. Oleg Litvin January 31, 2016 at 5:51 pm | #

    I see you Googled Mayakovsky. Finish reading the article.

  2. Paul Rosenberg January 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm | #

    Sometime in the late 1980s, I stopped going to meetings of almost every group I was involved with. I continued doing organizing work, but dropped out of “deciding” things.

    It was such a rush! I had so much more energy, more time, more fun.

    I felt like a fool not to thought of it sooner.

    Yes, I backslid a bit after that. But you’d be surprised at how little.

  3. Avram Barlowe January 31, 2016 at 8:47 pm | #

    Of course, the Stalin sentence on Mayakovsky that follows the one you quoted is as follows: “Indifference to his work and memory is a crime.”

  4. LFC February 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm | #

    This poem pairs sort of well with Oscar Wilde’s quip that socialism would take too many evenings. Not an exact match, but what the heck…

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