Commentary to the song “The Two Brothers”.
Here is stanza 1:
In the village of Big Forks,
These brothers symbolize the United States and “Israel”, the village of Big Forks — our Earth, and the hayloft — the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (the Chernobyl disaster, which happened when the third angel sounded, burst out over the six years after the death of the poet). But the brothers can also symbolize two persons, and the village of Big Forks — Rossia. The song has the happy ending: the brothers felt ashamed of their behavior and stopped terrorizing people when the wanderer said to them, “Brothers, ye ought to be ashamed!”
The song was written in 1970.