Ukraine

David and Goliath

David took five smooth stones
from a stream to fight
Goliath—nine feet tall, carrying
javelin, spear, and sword.
The giant’s people, Philistines, crafted
drones, hypersonic missiles—
secrets to success in … Read more

Some Lake in Ukraine

The dam broke Wednesday and the Dnieper waters poured.
Now Kakhovka reservoir can’t be fished in, anymore.
That Concrete wall rose 98 feet—98 feet from deep to peak!
Then it … Read more

It’s My Birthday!

“It’s my birthday!”
I sing out to everyone.
From the lady decorating my cake,
To the man who’s slicing the meat.
“It’s a very special day,” they all echo back.… Read more

NIGHTMARE

 after “We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky

We sent pop guns, but not
the right kind.

We sent firehoses, but too late
to help.

In our shiny … Read more

Our Ukraine

The war in Ukraine, a tale of pain,
Mobilization, preparations for war again,
Initial engagements, battles fierce,
Crimea taken, hearts filled with tears.

Escalation, the fighting intensifies,
Separatists supported by … Read more

FANTASY

We’re coming
with the guillotine

dear Vladimir

to cut off the shoah
to take back the stolen
billions.

Restore the house,
museum, hospital,
power plant.

We had no choice

you … Read more

Take heart

Ukraine! Your flag of cerulean blue
and sun-gold says sky’s the place
where the improbable reigns: clouds
and things with wings. Who’d have
imagined such a fertile
thirst as sky?… Read more

The Polish Border

Your baby
looks like our baby bundled into her pink snowsuit.
Yours is zipped into a snowsuit with flowers.
You hold her up to the Red Cross worker.
The international … Read more

The Hunger Of War

Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-piece-of-paper-with-an-anti-war-message-11302918/

They’re piling up
or splayed out
on streets
body after body
civilians
unarmed
or ill-advisedly
armed
in haste
and heroism
their meat is needed
to feed the hunger.… Read more

The Direction of Home

 

Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images

The snow remembers once it was fruit,
steps taken in the direction of home,

stems poked out, embedded ice homed
in a … Read more