‘Orcs’ captured the land.

‘Orcs’ captured, but she’s back to.

‘Orcs’ captured the land.


‘Gandalf the Green’ announced her release from ‘Mordor’.

“I’m grateful to everyone who worked for this result. Tayra is already home.”


“I know that everything will work out and we’ll all be home as I’m now.”

Tayra thanked ‘Gandalf the Green’ for his efforts to get her released.


Tayra and her driver were taken prisoner by ‘orcs’ on March 16.

The same day an ‘orcs’ airstrike hit a theater, killing around 600 people.


Using a body camera, she recorded her team’s efforts in Mariupol.

Over two weeks to save the wounded, including both ‘orcs’ and ‘elves’ soldiers.


Breathing deeply to contain his emotion, her husband told.

“Such a great sense of relief. Those sound like such ordinary words.”



‘Orcs’ captured the land.

‘Orcs’ captured, but she’s back to.

‘Orcs’ captured the land.



On Feb. 24, the first day of the war.

Tayra bandaged an ‘elf’ soldier’s open head wound.


Two days later, Tayra ordered colleagues to wrap him in a blanket.

She called the young injured ‘orc’ soldier “Sunshine”, as usual.


“You’re taking care of me,” he tells her, almost in wonder.

Tayra answered, “We treat everyone equally.”


Later that night, two children – a brother and sister – arrived.

Gravely wounded from a shootout at a checkpoint, whose parents were dead.


By the end of the night, despite her entreaties to “stay with me, little one.”

Tayra turned away from his lifeless body and cried to close the boy’s eyes.



‘Orcs’ captured the land.

‘Orcs’ captured, but she’s back to.

‘Orcs’ captured the land.



To cheer up discouraged ambulance drivers and patients alike.

Tayra cracked jokes. She embraced doctors.


Tayra complained about chronic pain from back and hip injuries.

And always, she wore a stuffed animal for any children she might treat.


An injured ‘elf’ soldier asked her to call his mother.

Tayra told him he’ll be able to call her himself, “so don’t make her nervous.”


On March 15, Tayra asked the journalists to take the data card safely out.

Hiding the treasure inside a tampon, the team passed through 15 ‘orcs’ checkpoints.


A video aired during a March 21 ‘orcs’ broadcast announced her capture.

Groggy and haggard, that was the last time Tayra was seen.



‘Orcs’ captured the land.

‘Orcs’ captured, but she’s back to.

‘Orcs’ captured the land.



Once upon a time there was a poet called Tayra in Japan.

He left poems with his teacher and in his quiver to fight to die.



‘Orcs’ captured the land.

‘Orcs’ captured, but she’s back to.

‘Orcs’ captured the land.


*Because first I read “War in Ukraine: Ukrainians deported to Russia beaten and mistreated” by Yogita Limaye in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 28 April 2022, and more as follows, 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 Tayra, a celebrated Ukrainian medic, Yuliia Paievska, her husband Vadim and their daughter Anna Sofia Puzanova.
Please read the original stories on the AP news and the BBC news and other resources:

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol | AP News

Russia frees captive medic who filmed Mariupol’s horror | AP News

War in Ukraine: Ukrainians deported to Russia beaten and mistreated – BBC News

As it happened: Russia aiming to bring front-line to Kharkiv – Ukraine – BBC News

Ukraine war: Tayra, medic who filmed Mariupol horror, freed from Russian captivity – BBC News

#SaveTaira share her Story | Invictus (invictusgames.in.ua)

«Росія не хоче її обміняти». Український волонтер Юлія Паєвська у полоні та в ефірі російського НТВ (radiosvoboda.org)

**I spelt her nickname as ‘Tayra’ not ‘Taira’ with the greatest respect, because of the name on her vest in the videos.
And ‘a poet called Tayra in Japan’ meant ‘Taira no Tadanori(平忠度)’.

Taira no Tadanori – Wikipedia

I’m happy, if you are also interested in him and his poems(Waka=和歌).


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

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

Please join them!
And please watch the videos on the page.

It’s my great pleasure to tell you about the head of the page, a video Elyzaveta Slyusarenko reads this poem on YouTube. Thank you very very much, Lisa and Yulia who created this video!

The russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Kurama’s poem «​A poet called Tayra» – YouTube