A short blurb

Starting a Narrative(?) Poem??
    by Danylko Maksymenko

An artillery shell slammed
into the damned apartment.

A little boy ran into his father’s room
“Mommy is dead.”
His doomed father lifeless
didn’t answer,
a gun at his side

The boy picked up the gun
that was taller than himself, and running
down the stairs to the street
held his lifeless teddy bear

When he heard
someone speaking Russian,
his gun went off, and
blood sprayed from
the speaker’s body.

A soldier ran to the scene
and said, “malen’kiy mal’chik”?

When the soldier knelt down
the little boy stared and stuffed
the head of his teddy bear
into the soldier’s mouth
until he choked to death.

Another Russian soldier
talking on a phone with his mother
found himself shooting the boy dead
while he shouted into the phone
“Mommy, I am dead.”

2 thoughts on “A short blurb

  1. Such imagery leaves a rent in my soul. Wells tears as does the images on the evening news. How is it possible such tyranny is allowed to prevail? Psychopaths at the helm. The brotherhood of leaders link by their own psychopathy aroused by such power and not willing to test it, I’m sure. Any wonder why the world is so messed up and suffering – so doomed?

    I have relatives in the Ukraine never met nor will ever be. The culture and history crushed out of existence while children. You are Canadian not Ukrainian! The urgency and fear behind those words felt by the five-year-old me back then. The forbidden language spoken by parents and grandparents behind closed doors or whispered while out in public. The source of those secretive utterings now gone silent too.

    I’ll be watching. Thanks for the stirring. For the truths.


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  2.     Thanks for your feedback. I very much appreciate it. There was so much hope at the end of WW2, but so much time went by — enough time to ruin the minds of at least a significant minority of generations of children and their children. Such a slow process with psychic casualties more insidious than death. And even progress is ruined by extremes of hyperbole and exaggeration. Civil rights, women’s rights, ethic rights, etc. — uneven and imperfect. And the collapse of the Soviet Union took so long. Along the way there’s been Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda… many genocides. Somehow we keep going back to the norms of the ancient world. I’m not sure which empire it was (they’ve all had their turn), where the invading army was told, “Kill all women over 40 or under 15(?) who are not useful as sex slaves, laborers, or child bearers, and kill all men who are not useful as slaves…” etc. It would seem that those who learn historical propaganda become autocrats, gang leaders, or con artists etc. Learning the wrong history is dangerous. Maybe history taught badly is worse than no history at all just like loyalty without morality is worse than no loyalty at all– or at least not to a gang, a community of thieves, a nation of aggression, or loyalty to a naive effete diplomatic pact between good and evil nations or hegemonies. It’s not a treaty — it’s more like a hostage negotiation.
        The loss of languages and cultures is astonishing with only a few borrowed words being saved. I think there were at least 20 languages in the country of Georgia alone. Certain concepts encapsulated in untranslatable words have been lost from each language and dominant languages have clumsy and verbose ways of expressing the lost concept. It’s almost like in the novel “1984” where the vocabulary is deliberately reduced or a cluster of euphemisms makes morality ambiguous.


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