A POET IN BAKHMUT

For the freedom.

For the freedom of the entire civilised world.

 

The light and the darkness.

The light and the darkness between ‘Mordor’ and the entire world.

 

Three months a soldier.

Three months a soldier had put university on hold.

 

Engaged he believes.

Engaged he believes in the mission of his life.

 

A difficult journey.

A difficult journey out of the Donbas front line.

 

Fighting ‘orcs’.

Fighting ‘orcs’, it was like hell.

 

About 25 times.

About 25 times a day, targeted by tank fire.

 

Killed there.

Killed there, one of his friends was.

 

Left Rubizhne.

Left Rubizhne, a smashed-up former factory.

 

The loss of the battle.

The loss of the battle for one key city of Luhansk.

 

Back in March.

Back in March, looked like young lads off to a festival.

 

The old Kalashnikovs.

The old Kalashnikovs signed to the blood-soaked war.

 

An iron-clad determination.

An iron-clad determination, he retained to fight.

 

Separated from his friend.

Separated from his friend in the battle for Kyiv.

 

For the freedom.

For the freedom of the entire civilised world.

 

The light and the darkness.

The light and the darkness between ‘Mordor’ and the entire world.

 

*Because I read “Ukraine war student-turned-soldier: ‘Friends die in your arms’” by Jeremy Bowen in Bakhmut, Ukraine, on 30 May 2022,
“War in Ukraine: Uni to uniform – Ukraine’s new teenage army recruits” by Jeremy Bowen in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 12 March 2022,
and also “Why are Ukrainians calling Russians ‘orcs’?” by James FitzGerald on 30 April 2022, on the BBC news.
So, I wrote this poem as a story of Maksym and Dmytro.
Please read the original stories on the BBC news:

Ukraine war student-turned-soldier: ‘Friends die in your arms’ – BBC News

War in Ukraine: Uni to uniform – Ukraine’s new teenage army recruits – BBC News

 

**My friend shows you this poem also on the Ukrainian website for their children and others!

Kurama (Japan). «A poet in Bakhmut» — a poem about war in Ukraine 2022 – Мала Сторінка (storinka.org)

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