A POET FROM SUMY

She has now.

Left her village.

Near the border.

With ‘Mordor’.

 

When ‘orcs’ planes began.

Bombing her border village.

In northern Ukraine.

She refused to leave.

 

Then a police team arrived.

And evacuated.

The 87-year-old anyway.

With explosions all around.

 

 

In recent days.

Other elderly.

And frail residents.

Have been carried out.

 

On blankets.

Across a bridge.

Already damaged.

By air strikes.

 

 

She has now.

Left her village.

Near the border.

With ‘Mordor’.

 

When ‘orcs’ planes began.

Bombing her border village.

In northern Ukraine.

She refused to leave.

 

Then a police team arrived.

And evacuated.

The 87-year-old anyway.

With explosions all around.

 

 

As ‘the One’ celebrates.

Securing another.

Six years.

In the Kremlin.

 

And as ‘the One’ vows to continue.

His full-scale war on Ukraine.

Attacks across the border.

Have sharply escalated.

 

 

She has now.

Left her village.

Near the border.

With ‘Mordor’.

 

When ‘orcs’ planes began.

Bombing her border village.

In northern Ukraine.

She refused to leave.

 

Then a police team arrived.

And evacuated.

The 87-year-old anyway.

With explosions all around.

 

 

‘Gandalf the Green’ says.

Nearly 200 bombs.

Have been dropped on.

The Sumy region this month alone.

 

He accuses ‘Mordor’.

Of trying to.

“Burn our border villages.

To the ground”.

 

 

She has now.

Left her village.

Near the border.

With ‘Mordor’.

 

When ‘orcs’ planes began.

Bombing her border village.

In northern Ukraine.

She refused to leave.

 

Then a police team arrived.

And evacuated.

The 87-year-old anyway.

With explosions all around.

 

 

*Because I read “Russia Ukraine war: Fleeing embattled border villages” by Sarah Rainsford on 22 Mar 2024, and also “Why are Ukrainians calling Russians ‘orcs’?” by James FitzGerald on 30 Apr 2022, on the BBC news.
So, I wrote this poem, including a story of Nina.
Please read the original story on the BBC news:

Russia Ukraine war: Fleeing embattled border villages (bbc.com)