The Eastern Winds.

This poem is in support of all those in the Ukraine and was inspired by Jane Dougherty’s poem, On Days of Wind . Please read Jane’s poem. I have borrowed the painting Jane used which is a painting by Franz Marc, killed at Verdun in 1916.

The washing hangs abandoned
In the Ukraine, blooded and singed
Cowering not from the wind but from the bombs .
It is tethered to a line, an invisible line
Everyone has forgotten and it stays Abandoned in the cold wind and snow.

It’s a symbol of the people
Made refugee
Hanging between life and death
Bombarded by those with no conscience
Empty promises of safe passage
Hanging on the invisible line
We must not dessert them.

ยฉ willowdot21


44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 15:55:01

    Beautiful, gripping, grim, but honest.


  2. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 15:59:38

    Thanks for the mention, Willow. It’s begun in earnest, hasn’t it? Yet there are still people slagging off Zelensky, the Ukranians, and calling them the aggressors.


  3. Lauren
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 16:08:26

    A lovely poem for a tragic truth.


  4. Paula Light
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 16:11:18

    Wonderful lines for the times ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›


  5. Ritu
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 17:52:50

    This is poignant ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ


  6. Erika
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 18:27:25



  7. ivor20
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 21:57:18

    Explicit and powerful words Willow … Your introduction stanza is a superrb piece of poetic imagery .. โ˜ฎ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™


  8. Dan Antion
    Mar 07, 2022 @ 22:56:06

    You have a gift for expressing these concerns. This is very good (sad, but very good).


  9. Sadje
    Mar 08, 2022 @ 02:34:46

    Beautiful poem Willow. A heartfelt poem expressing the feelings of most of us.


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  11. robertawrites235681907
    Mar 08, 2022 @ 11:20:14

    Oh my, this is very heart rending, Willow.


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  13. Isha
    Mar 16, 2022 @ 12:57:19

    Heart rending! Oh my… May God bless the world.


  14. The Flensburg Files
    Mar 18, 2022 @ 22:51:59

    May I use this poem for my blog as I’m doing a series on Ukraine. This would be fitting.


    • willowdot21
      Mar 18, 2022 @ 22:57:02

      Hello,yes you may use it as a reblog and credit to me/ my blog. It is a poem close to my heart at the moment.๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง


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  16. Carol anne
    May 05, 2022 @ 13:53:58

    Hi, willow! This is so powerful, and so beautiful!
    I hope your ok! Missing you on my blog! Xoxo


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