leaving krasylivka (and the ukraine)

I am preparing
to leave
the ukraine

yet . . .

I am drawn
to return

to look again

~

picture

small housing
in the foreground

shells of high rise
accommodation –
gap-toothed
and destroyed –
haunt
in the middle distance

two people
on a hilltop
gaze –
forlorn –
at the smoke
billowing up
from a missile strike

picture

a tunnel

a basement

the kind
that might serve
as a cool cellar
for wine

or mushroom growing

a handful
of the young
of lviv
are sheltering
from missile blasts
above them

all gazing –
fervently –
at the screens
on their smart phones

news . . .

directions
to greater safety . . .

food
and water . . .

there could be anything

there might
be something

picture

one sits
huddled in a blanket

staring . . .

at nothing

there is nothing
left
to stare at

the other –
wearing a police uniform
sits
with his head
in his hands

weeping

there is
nothing

~

picture

krasylivka
is a burnt-out car

a dead
tree

a small mountain
of rubble

picture

the view
though fifty-six
windows
is unimpeded

there is no glass
in them

there is
no building
behind

look

see

~

I am leaving . . .

preparing
to leave
the ukraine

but . . .

always

always

there is one
more
picture

~

Ukraine crisis live, The Guardian.

6 thoughts on “leaving krasylivka (and the ukraine)

  1. I don’t know how you do it; but, thank God you do The story has to be told your way. This does not come from a “fan” telling you how wonderful you are. This is from someone whose imagination has been fuelled by the right words. Words generations to come will read

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  2. Frank, thank you for interpreting these pictures into words! At some point, after this mess settles in, either to long-term battles or to tenuous peace, these poems should be published — in the order in which they were written, and without further editing. They convey the shock and terror of what is occurring, and will become a valuable part of the history of a country trying to regain its peace.

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