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Letter: It’s been two years

February 26, 2024

My mother was Ukrainian.  In 1997 I spent two weeks in central Ukraine doing research on Ukrainian feminism and women’s spirituality.  I wrote this poem to recognize the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine on Saturday, Feb. 24.

It’s been two years

It’s been two years

two long horrendously agonizing years

seven hundred and thirty days and nights

thousands killed

bodies splintered

hidden beneath snow-covered fields

millions displaced

refugees strewn around the world

lives shattered

you say how can you

a woman of peace

call for the continuation of war

you say it’s got to stop now

no more funds for guns

no more aid to keep it going

beneath the oceans of silent wheat-growing fields

beneath the tons of rubbled homes

beneath the rivers filled with shrapnel

rumble the cries of women and their children

fathers grandparents lovers

old ones whose stories are silenced forever

they say this is not a real country

they say they do not have their own culture

they say they do not deserve to exist

thirty-thousand-year-old sandstone markers

rise above hundreds of caves covered in petroglyphic art

Kamyana Mohyla defies the lies they tell in these days

blue and gold   flags   skies   flowers

incite my heart to a steady unceasing love

for my cellular ancestral heritage

I say my tears strengthen my will for this work

I say l my anger fuels my resistance to hate

I say my poems call out to our hearts to do better

Lmparé (Louise M. Paré)

Ashland

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Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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