A POET IN OKHTYRKA

The bus delivers.

The evacuees.

To the small town.

Of Okhtyrka.

 

 

Many villagers have abandoned.

The Sumy border area.

Since last summer.

As it became more dangerous.

 

‘Elves’ say entire streets.

In border villages.

Have been destroyed.

By ‘orcs’ bombardment.

 

One possible reason.

For the upsurge in attacks.

Is increased ‘elves’ shelling.

Of Belgorod.

 

The mayor of Okhtyrka has.

Another theory for the escalation.

“I understand that.

The enemy wants to create.”

 

 

The bus delivers.

The evacuees.

To the small town.

Of Okhtyrka.

 

 

“Create some kind of.

Grey zone where.

Military equipment.

Can’t enter.”

 

“Create some kind of.

Grey zone where.

People can’t move.

In large groups.”

 

You met in the town library.

Because his own offices.

Had been destroyed by.

An ‘orcs’ missile strike.

 

“Along the whole of our border.

The enemy is gradually.

Creating an area where.

‘Elves’ will not be able to tread.”

 

 

The bus delivers.

The evacuees.

To the small town.

Of Okhtyrka.

 

 

*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 Pavlo Kuzmenko.
Please read the original story on the BBC news:

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