“This Is About Values”: A Found Poem for Ukraine

 

This is about values

Values are very important here


People, children are under the wreckage

We will not forgive the shooting of unarmed people


Were pregnant women going

To fire at Rostov? 

Did someone in the maternity hospital 

Abuse Russian-speakers? 


What was that? 

Was it the de-Nazification of the hospital?

Zelenskyy, almost in tears


This is about values

Values are very important here


How much longer, ignoring terror 

You have power, but you seem to be losing humanity

Losing sovereignty, regaining fear


Back then it was better

The Germans were more humane

They were even giving us some food

This is the first time I have fled war


If Ukraine is on fire, then we are going to be on fire very soon,  too

Vast parts of Eastern Europe think we are already at war

Dormant imperialism of Russia comes back again again for past 300 years


This is about values

Values are very important here


Many nations observe that this society 

Would like to have democracy

The West is sending some arms

Perhaps


Isn't it too, too little?


This is about values

Values are very important here 


Anger and hate is a normal reaction 

Important to validate, important to channel 

Into something useful: making incendiary bombs 

Out of empty bottles


If we believe in values like democracy, the rule of law 

And we also believe in self-determination 

This is what the Ukrainians are fighting for 


Right? 


They are fighting for the fact that for 30 years

They have been westernizing this society 

And now they would like to have the fruit 


This is about values

Values are very important here


Don’t miss this opportunity

This is a struggle not only for peace in Ukraine

It is a struggle for your country

For the best that was in it

For the freedom that you saw

For the prosperity that you felt


If you keep silent now

Then only your poverty will speak for you later

Only repression will answer


This is also about values

Values are very important here


This is a found poem consisting of lines from the news on 6 March 2022.  NATO seems to be getting around to responding.  

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