Four Tanka Very Much Poems From Ukraine

Russian Homefront tanka


Soda straw view of

war—we got the first coffin

delivered today.

Soon now I do fear, our town

will drink from the fire hydrants.






Kyiv Intuition tanka


In the slow time of

Putin-engineered extreme

fear…bleary, we woke

before a missile hit—grabbed both kids—ran

into street.






[Short-Term?] Faustian Bargain tanka


Go coal or nuclear?

The European Union spends a billion dollars

each day, oy veh, on oil

to fuel Putin’s war machine.






Raison D'être When Victory’s Declared tanka

Putin’s defining

Denazification as

Capture/depose/kill

Prez of Ukraine, a Jewish

Comedian named Zelensky.










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