Russian Visit, 1903 by Gary Beck

Into the harbour in gleaming motion
sailed upstart ships of shining steel,
glistening white in virgin splendor,
the untested battle fleet
of a nouveau arriviste nation
confronted the old world powers
with urgent appetite for a share
of the exploitable wealth
of the yet undeveloped world,
proclaiming dramatically
that greed in a democracy
is the same as in a monarchy.

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