on Ukraine

narrow strip of earth
turns into no man's land
time to draw the line?
a telephone rings
again? so soon? let me see
awkward exchanges
death calls at the door
its noose swings from naked tree
nuclear winter
who has the power?

~

n.b. It has come to this. Another conversation, the second in three days. Things are hotting up.

CLP 24/10/2022