Ukraine / Poem by Lily Swarn


Lily Swarn

Poem by Lily Swarn


Where will you hide me in this tormented city ?
Raining death , collecting shrapnel
Bruising humanity with power games

I’ve seen your lugubrious countenance
Sedated with Shanti mantras and chants on YouTube

I’ve heard your baby’s anguished cries
As you try and flee from your wounded homeland

Melting snow to drink
Chopping wood to cook

Don’t forget to pack your childhood in your knapsack
You can’t leave it gasping for breath amidst horrendous bombs

Walk away with your mama’s fervent prayers ,
Your father’s jocund guffaws ringing in your ears

Stride into the warmth of the reassuring sun
Keep your feet warmly shod in the icy weather of cruelty

Copyright Lily Swarn 11.3.2022

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