When will it ever end?

Two poems I wrote almost a year ago, not thinking the war between the Ukraine and Russia would still be waging.

Painting:Title: Russian Dancers
Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Date: 1899 via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/

Russian Dancers


Whirl and stamp, heel, toe high
Stamp those boots, drown out lies.
Hear truth before it dies
Don’t trust Putin.

Mother Russia blushes
Her Boots are made to stamp
Ukraine caught in her clamp
Don’t trust Putin.

Don’t listen to the news
Open your eyes, look
The man’s an evil crook
Don’t trust Putin.

© willowdot21.


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.

© willowdot21.


25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maggie
    Jan 22, 2023 @ 15:04:21

    It is unimaginable, isn’t it? Money and power hold the cards to the future of mankind.


  2. beth
    Jan 22, 2023 @ 15:14:35

    beautiful poem and I so agree, we need to be with them to the end and beyond


  3. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Jan 22, 2023 @ 16:35:12

    Oh, my goodness, Willow. I remember the top poem. I can’t believe it’s been a year that Ukraine has been at war. It just breaks my heart.


  4. glyn40wilton
    Jan 22, 2023 @ 16:50:35

    I liked both the Putin put-down and the rousing Ukrainian song.


  5. JT Twissel
    Jan 22, 2023 @ 20:25:28

    Great poems Willow and thanks so much for sharing that song.


  6. Jennie
    Jan 22, 2023 @ 21:09:59

    Oh, this resonated with me. Your poetry is as important today as when you wrote it. Thank you for including the paintings. They are perfect. Franz Marc was one of 5 modern artists in Nazi Germany whose art Eric Carle was lucky to see, from his art teacher. It changed Carle’s life and art. You know his children’s book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear- the blue horse was a ‘nod’ to Franz Marc and his famous painting Large Blue Horses. I love that story!


  7. TanGental
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 08:01:17

    It’s both hard to believe it was nearly a year ago and hard to believe it will ever end. It is truly beyond cruel


  8. Ritu
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 17:34:49

    Gosh, I remember these, sis. Who would have thought this would still be going on….?


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