Poem: Ukraine

By Chiesa Irwin

ukraine flag

Sunlight so dim the sky remains dark

tanks slowly battling the icy slush

stall in the mire

the men tumbling out of the turrets

and wandering through the fields

that pass into nothing

in the evening vineyard

the soldier rooted to the earth

like a cross

that others hung from

with swaying bodies dancing in the air

of wind and space

silently still like a gun

that’s been planted upright and strong

throwing a wedge of shadow

on bodies like pick-up sticks

an eye fell and rolled from its socket

lies caught by a rock

its tiny dry membrane

shrivelled to thread

gapes at the soldier

who wanting to dance

can only manage faltering steps.


Chiesa Irwin

Atherton, Qld


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