red umbrella

Photo by Ukrainian Nadia Povalinska. Taken days before the Russian invasion.
Sweet shield from snow.
Peace prevails. Quiet comforts.
Cold air on young skin. Crunch of packed snow
speaks sled rides, group strolls. A people attuned 
to time and place. Hidden, their fierce resolve
to defend the Motherland, deep-rooted 
union of land and people. A concept 
we can admire but no way grasp,
the discord among us too vast.

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3.12.22

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