Attacked at war, today Ukraine
we rage with you we share your pain
the tyrant always craves for more
he can’t be sated ‘till in vain
he stands alone in blood and gore
Today Ukraine, attacked at war
Today it’s you; another fight
if any calls are heard for rights
or freedom they are sent askew
to meet a bullet in the night
he seeks his foes in all that’s new
another fight, today it’s you.
Today we are writing a new form at dVerse with Grace. The Sparrowlet, which is a bit complicated to describe in my post. It was an intricate puzzle to lay, but I think the topic fitted this sad day for the world and Ukraine.
February 24, 2022
I wrote my poem before I heard the news, so my day had started rather more optimistically than it continued…a sad day indeed. You capture the mood well in your poem.
We are with the people in Ukraine, we share their pain against the tyrant. The second stanza is really scary – its just going to be another fight. A very timely theme for sparrowlet Bjorn.
Why is it that history repeats itself and humans never learn? That’s why history repeats itself.
Seriously worrying…a good write, Björn
I like this with a sad heart. The images out of Ukraine are shocking and truly upsetting–though, historically speaking, not unexpected.
This is the most important poem you ever wrote, in my opinion, Bjorn, and should be spread far and wide. The pen is mighty, but Ukrainians also need very much to see solidarity like this. There is so much quality in your raw, hardhitting words, and they made me very emotional reading them, and your notes afterwards fit well too.
I have always remembered that picture… and the Molotov Ribbentrop pact dividing Europe is what the tyrant wants, I feel for both Ukrainians and Russians…
Such a shame today 😔 the guy cannot be trusted- the poetry form fits also well with yesterday’s and a devil persists and lies (amassing troops yet did not wish to invade 🤦♀️) problem is I do not think they have any qualms on what he will do to get what he wants
Oh yes, Björn. You more than succeeded at this form and it is perfect for today.
Well captured Bjorn. This is all so upsetting. Where will this all lead?!
Hard to concentrate on anything else today.
It is indeed a sad and scary day. My ancestors came from Ukraine and Belarus, so I feel a connection, even though as Jews they were persecuted there.
I feel it’s not very far away from were I live.
I know. I’m sure that causes anxiety.
Well, brother, our poems are nearly bookends; so cool. Hard to write about anything else today. Breaking news is always ripe for comment.
I’m afraid this is just too true, Bjorn.
Moved and inspired by your skilful use of the mighty pen, Bjorn, and your denouncement to the tyrannical sword. Thank you.
A heartfelt write Björn.
And now more people are forced to be refugees in Europe. So very sad.
This asshat needs to be visited by a midnight stealth squad. I just couldn’t think about any more about perverted human attitude today, so I pulled a Scarlett O’hara. “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” ✌🏼
You did a great job at incorporating this world’s mess into a poem. The writing is very good.
As if the world wasn’t in enough turmoil! What the HELL is he thinking? I’m sad at heart over this and also grieve for the peoples of both lands for this mad despot.
Thank you for sharing your words. I just keep shaking my head. It is sad news.
Excellent portrayal of current events in the nailed form of sparrowlet.
How could one not write about it! Mine is more personal, though yours is more powerful and hard-hitting.
That last line is sobering, none of us are free of responsibility.
It is indeed a sad day, and your words are apt and true. (K)
It may have been predictable, but its still shocking and sad, and where does it end?
Some things never change, Bjorn, as your old cartoon shows with such bitter irony. Your expert use of the form here shows us the bare, bleak truth and is also a riveting cry to fight back.
Yours is such a touching poem, Bjorn. I’m so deeply saddened by the war that has come upon the Ukraine and I hope that they will persevere and overcome the Russians and their idiotic notions. My heart goes out to the Russian citizens too who hold this war in contempt.
None of the writers I know can think of anything else. Well written poem, Bjorn.