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March 4.22: Coping, but barely


In fear of growing numb,

I plant my mute despair

in shades of blue and yellow

in still late winter air.

It’s just a little corner,

a nearly hidden space,

but wordless grief and anger

have a rightful place.


Saluting the immeasurable courage of the people of Ukraine.

16 thoughts on “March 4.22: Coping, but barely

  1. ‘immeasurable courage’–absolutely. God help them and stay with them.

  2. Amen to that, Lois.

  3. I salute them too and the broadcasters out with them who are trying to get the news out about the horrors that are happening. It is unbelievably tragic, and ironic that the Russian people do not understand what is being done in their name.

  4. Good point — you are very right. Those who work to get the truth out must be weary indeed of the suffering they see compounded as it is with Putin’s deceit. It’s certainly hard for the rest of us, and we aren’t taking the risks. People who lie and punish those who won’t accept the lie are always scary but when they have power it’s terrifying. This we know.

    • I’m awfully scared for them all, but that’s blindingly obvious. Their faces show the strain of watching from close by as real lives are torn and mythology made from the pieces.

      • Very well said: lives torn to pieces and mythology made from the pieces. The journalists do indeed show the strain. It’s truly hellish.

  5. Amen. My heart is so heavy I can’t find appropriate words. I just really don’t see how we are in this space in 2022. We apparently haven’t learned much from the past wars, and we certainly haven’t developed the necessary skills to deal with a dictator like this one. Beyond sad.

    • Your comment popped in just as I was about to turn off the computer for the night. I’m done in. You are right that we haven’t learned much, or so it would seem. How indeed do we deal with Putin or people like him? It’s the resounding question of our time perhaps. Heavy hearts indeed.

  6. Excellent! It’s almost impossible to understand. I pray for those people.

  7. Beautifully stated for such a horrible situation.

    • Thank you, Maggie. I think we are all struggling to find words for these horrors. The fact is there aren’t any.

  8. Beautifully said. Hugs on the wing.

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