Commentary to the poem “My Black One”.
Vladimir Vysotsky wrote this poem under the impression of a story about a big boss who liked to wear gray suits — how he struck a bent prisoner with his foot in the face. He concluded it with the words:
What false and sacred are, I know well,
It is pertinent to give here an old saying: “Conscientia igitur praeclara sustentor.” (“I am supported by my clear conscience.”)
The poem was written in 1979 or 1980.