bombs drop
like rain in thunderstorms
buildings crushed
like stones beneath a hammer

lives shattered
like glass people
on pavement dying
leaves torn from a tree
in a storm

Ukraine stands tall
sturdy resilient
hope as stubborn as a wildfire
indomitable unbreakable unbeatable
lives on
strong as a newborn’s heart

there will be a rising up
again like the morning sun
Russian bombs cannot
erase Ukraine

as night cannot erase our memory
of the coming dawn

“She” will rise up
fight the invaders
and send her assailants
to the gates of hell


Ken Derow

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