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My five latest posts are at the end of this newsletter, latest first.

My first poem for the week is again about Ukraine. It is called Summer Playground. You hear a lot of talk on the news about oligarchs and their yachts and properties in various places. In cold Russia, a warm port has its attractions, I'm sure. Mariupol provides such a desirable seaside haven.

It's a shame they had to obliterate the city, in their attempt to lay claim to it.

My second poem is called Grateful and it, too, comments on Ukraine. It takes the imagined point of view of the President of the Ukraine, supposedly receiving so much from the West (at least the West likes to point out, how much it is already doing for Ukraine!)

And yet he is still unable to protect his people from bombs, hurtling down from the sky. In such a situation, should he be grateful?

My third poem is called Birdsong, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Ukraine (Whew! I hear your sigh of relief!:)

Instead, it deals with the agony of insomnia, and the relief you feel when the night is finally over and you no longer need to pretend to be asleep.

When not busy with the endless clear-out of my house, I am watching Servant of the People, starring the President of Ukraine, Volodomyr Zelenskyy. It was filmed long before he took office, when he was but a humble comedian. I understand the show catapulted him to the fame that allowed him to run and win, much like the character in the show. Funny and touching and strangely prophetic. On a Netflix near you.

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Have a great week!


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Summer Playground

A tourist boat on a stretch of green water on a sunny day, floating over a shipwreck . Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem laments the destruction of Mariupol, in Ukraine, and fears the worst for the rest of the country.

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Happy poppies on a dusty mantle. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
In this poem about Ukraine's predicament, a leader challenges the insinuations of well-meaning do-gooders that he should be grateful, even though the help rendered has not lessened his country's peril.

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The upper branches of a crepe myrtle silhouetted against the rising sun and the blue morning sky. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem describes the phenomenon of sleeplessness and worry in the dark hours before the birds begin to sing.

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In Kind

A rather overpixelated shot of storks nesting in a tree at the zoo. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This is a circle of life poem, in which a baby plays the usher at a funeral, and takes the dearly departed's place among the living.

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A flower, pinched by frost, striving to reach the sky. Copyright Andrea LeDew.
This poem derives from the virtual speech given today, March 16, 2022, before the US Congress, by Ukraine's President Zalenskyy. As of the time of this poem, Russia under Putin was persisting in its brutal attempt to take over the Ukraine by force. Ukraine's leader eloquently and forcefully put the case, that it is time for the West and specifically …

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