Another Way to Fight
Eighty-five years after Guernica
the news no longer comes
in black and white.
Russia’s first incursion fizzled
from world headlines in barely a week.
But it wasn’t contained. Eight years
later, one month and a day
after tanks crossed the border,
Invasion of Ukraine blasted
around the globe to San Diego,
into the bedroom of Andres, a fourth grader
home on a sick day, through his prodigy mind
and fingers into a nine-by-twelve-inch sketch,
to be confided in his mom as she stopped by
to check on the silence, and was finally
captured on a four-by-five-foot
canvas in the living room, bullets flying
at soldiers and civilians alike,
now on display in New York
with five hundred fifty prints for sale
so the Klitschko Foundation can dry the tears
that soak the blue and gold flag that flies
above fists that will never fall, whether or not
they retain a body to call their own.
This poem was inspired by Invasion of Ukraine, by Andres Valencia, discussed at 1.40 in the video. Click here and scroll down to view.
Becky DeVito is a psychology professor at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. After working her way through trauma by writing poetry, her doctoral dissertation investigates the ways in which poets come to new insights through the process of drafting and revising their poems. Her poetry has been published in bottle rockets: A Collection of Short Verse, The Ekphrastic Review, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal, and others. She is currently working on a novel series. Join her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Sources referenced for this poem: Chase Contemporary, Forbes, The New York Times, Robb Report.
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