Kiev or Kyiv?

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say it in Russian
or in true Ukrainian
the stark fact remains

on the scary brink
of catastrophic bloodshed
we wait for Putin

his fragile ego
breeds ambition to rebuild
Soviet empire

at what human cost?
suffering on an immense scale
such toxic hubris!

did the success of
the Orange Revolution
only postpone fate?

About the Poem

As of today (2/16/2022), 150,000 Russian troops are staged on Ukraine’s border.

About the Author

Dan Dana is a retired mediator, psychologist, and educator who writes haiku quintets at his perch on Sarasota Bay, Florida. He is the author of two books on mediation, one on secular humanism, and five volumes of haiku quintets. Five Palms Press:

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