Vladimir Zelenyi spent hours one afternoon detained by the authorities.

Plainclothes agents had arrested him in the capital’s far suburbs.

He awaited a forensic examination at the Central State Hospital.

J. Raben, the forensic psychiatrist, escorted Zelenyi into his office.

“We have heard rumors about you, Comrade.” – “Rumors about me?”

“We’ve heard about your damnable book. Anti-state propaganda is proscribed.”

“My book is of no consequence to the state, doctor.”

The allegations were serious and might result in criminal charges.

“Sit alone in silence and remember the past, Comrade Zelenyi!”

“Moan about the loss of things you’ll never see again!”


Paraphrases from Sonnet no. 30 by William Shakespeare (Modern English Version).