the accommodations made by dracao and cat (but not the dog)

dracoais a white ferret it is nottrueto say that heand the cat-named cat –are friendsbut . . . the dogthat lives across the platformhatesboth of themso the friendof my enemy . . . well this could behomefor a long time it has alreadygone a monthby now deep undergroundin the kharkivrailway stationaccommodationsmustbe made ~ Emma Graham-Harrison, … Continue reading the accommodations made by dracao and cat (but not the dog)

they are closing shevchenko’s eyes (so he does not have to see)

shevchenkowas a poetyou know he wrote his versein ukrainian over therethey named streetsand squaresand universitiesin his honour built statues a poet kharkiv’s monumentis sixteen metrestall and –in that place in thatcity centre –he has the extra honourof a crane lifting sandbags surroundingand engulfinghis rather sternvisage covering his eyesto protect himfrom whata poetshould nothave to see … Continue reading they are closing shevchenko’s eyes (so he does not have to see)

the kharkiv humoresque is beautiful (underground)

three violins one cello one bass do you knowbach . . . orchestral suitenumber 3 alsodvorak the humoresques aboutan hour . . . a little less hush now . . . listen ~ this is the subwayin kharkiv there will benomusic festthis year this year of invasionandof so muchdestruction laterit will bea bomb shelterbut . … Continue reading the kharkiv humoresque is beautiful (underground)

picture this in a time of war (take my picture)

picture a missiletrails smokeacross an orange sky is it evening? yes for some picture smoke billowsblackin kharkiv a residentis holding her noseagainstthe smellof invasion picture some kindof armoured thing destroyed there isa cagearound the turret for protectionbutit hasn’t worked picture a school . . .oran office ora public building there isa mosaic wallin the background … Continue reading picture this in a time of war (take my picture)

vera (who is kharkiv’s violin) plays a lullaby of basements

she playsin the basement a lullaby to help yousleep the big stageisa smallstageis allof the shrunken world bombsin the rooftops bombsfill the sky destroythe earthup there soshe plays soloon solo she plays the audienceareher brothersand sisters her audience iseveryone in the worldwho can hear everyonewho can stop themselvesthinkingof the warfora moment she playsfor the sunlightstill … Continue reading vera (who is kharkiv’s violin) plays a lullaby of basements

the blue and yellow blood (of the deputy mayor of kakhovka)

in kakhovkathe deputy mayoris posting picturesof war wounds he believedthiswas a last formof goodbye they saved himthough that worldis full of heroesof all kinds kharkiv and kyivare getting blasted reporters saythe ground shakesas thougha live thing invasiontakes no heedof what or whoor how orwhy ~ one inchone footone yard –call ita meter –will do one … Continue reading the blue and yellow blood (of the deputy mayor of kakhovka)