Lost on the Train #Ukraine #poetry

  Uneven are the clickity clack as the wheels slide along rails It’s hard not to echo silent  words that I heard on that Crimean train the subtle all but lost except in the shudder of the cars the steel sparking off the tracks Clickity clack they gossip “she was thrown from the train – […]

Deep is Winter #poet #winter #sorrow #Akhmatova

Memory of the Sun Memory of sun seeps from the heart. Grass grows yellower. Faintly if at all the early snowflakes Hover, hover. Water becoming ice is slowing in The narrow channels. Nothing at all will happen here again, Will ever happen. Against the sky the willow spreads a fan The silk’s torn off. Maybe […]

All I Have Are Ashes #Akhmatova #poet #societalcancer

  I’ve cried for seventeen long months, I’ve called you for your home, I fell at hangmen’ feet – not once, My womb and hell you’re from. All has been mixed up for all times, And now I can’t define Who is a beast or man, at last, And when they’ll kill my son. There’re […]

Follow the Leader #pipeline #Ukraine #poetry

Politicize if you may the value of children who are out to play call them back before it’s too late life is cheap at the pipeline grate *** Ukraine it seems is in a vise again always in the middle of stronger men goose step then tank track now raise your arm don’t take a vow […]

Believe In Change #poetry #Crimea

Rise up say your piece unite for a cause stem unreason’s tide truth above the laws hold back foolish notions punish not our beliefs this cause may seem deranged  generations filled with grief ********************************** with unrest we can’t sleep we are in need of change no silence we will keep set things in motion stop […]

Under Glass #crimea #Ukraine #photography #poetry

Like a science project something to be analyzed we never touch you we only observe write the data pen the findings draw a conclusion You in the world’s fishbowl swimming against a red tide only to find all of your school is missing though the report “only a few are dead” Brilliant you fighting fish […]

Retreaded Spoils #children #poetry

Cheap like retread tires flying off into the distance oh, you so soon forgotten what did you stand for? you could not have had feelings for who would tread over humanity? no one feels anymore certainly not girls whose wasted lives embraced at the slave block the pivotal point where statesmen make lofty speeches in the shadows […]

Just Another Sunday #poetry #Ukraine #crimea #notfiction

Smiling at the signs spring peaks on the horizon I join others in song waving to my friends I go along my way happy greetings of the day I never saw the signs there are soldiers up ahead I calmly still my dread “To visit  family” I say so cheerfully  scream at the bullet’s sound […]

For Ineza #crimea #poetry #ukraine

Ineza you are now 14 somewhere between child and woman we wished for you better things brilliant you were so young so close to being lost in life’s storm the answers were so hard at six he in prison she buried with her Vodka you grasped at the life-giving prism so close to being lost […]

The Babushka Blessing #shortstory #Ukraine

We had one hour to do a frantic shop for items we could only get in Ukraine. The list from friends was rather long: Hand carved jewelry, stacking dolls, hand painted spoons … “Mommy we are going to run out of time. Why don’t we split up?” My precocious thirteen year-old daughter suggested. I scanned […]

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