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poetry In Ukraine

San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil reminds us that the war in Ukraine goes on, people are dying, all obscured by political shadows and dubious communications.


By Beau Beausoleil

I can write
with clarity
about what
I cannot see
in front of

except for
the war in
which I
can only
in rage and

And to those
dying today
by a bullet 
shell or
I can only
try to
write myself
there on paper
 and lie down
in your
fallen shadows

Hoping in
some way
to see not just
your death
but the life
behind it
with clarity

Beau Beausoleil is a poet and activist (Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here) based in San Francisco, California. His most recent book of poetry is, Another Way Home (Blue Light Press 2022). His poems addressing the war in Ukraine can be found here

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