from odesa to kyiv the little world (is shrinking)

picture

it is a camp

bedding
and baggage

tramp people

pillars
to mark out
domiciles

clear-paths
down the centre aisle

amenities
lost in the distance

trains
on either side

it is the kharkiv
subway

picture

for a long time
I cannot see
the cat

with the blue
of a railway carriage

with the purple hue
of a suitcase

it is –
I think –
part-cheshire

picture

a man
sits
right on the edge
of the platform

almost
his rear
above the rails

old

he looks
old

but
he may not be

everyone
looks older
since february

picture

halyna
looks up
at the sky

through a hole
in her roof

the sun
appears
to be shining

picture

a grand princess

a priest
or shepherd
with a crook
in his hands

one other . . .

all
being sandbagged
in kyiv

picture

a young woman
smokes

dwarfed
by surrounding
sandbags
outside the volunteer centre
in mykolaiv

the young man
beside her
holds his head
in his hands

despair
is never far

a cigarette
helps

picture

goodbye
goodbye

a kiss
before leaving . . .

the train
will wave
odesa
goodbye

goodbye

~

Ukraine crisis live, The Guardian.

13 thoughts on “from odesa to kyiv the little world (is shrinking)

  1. One day there will be best-selling movies depicting this era.No amount of Hollywood “Happy ever after” scenes, will erase the tragedy. It is heartbreaking

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  2. What can I say that I haven’t said about your previous posts? These are amazing word images, and such poignant images of the war that is being waged in Ukraine. Today’s news was a little encouraging, but still far from peaceful!

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  3. Love the cheshire cat! In last night’s news, there was a clip about a schnauzer that had been left behind by somebody fleeing the violence. A soldier found the poor dog when inspecting the homes, and took it home, at which point his cat retreated to the top of the fridge to stay for a while! Made me think of your poem!

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