© Julie Bolitho 2018

ukraine

1 Oct 2007

there is an old soviet train

running through communities

of communist orchards

 

and the family planters

remain towns away

bussing each day

to plough and tow

   the potato

   the seed

 

and today a man

who remembers more

than the beatles’ song

back in the ussr

 

turns to us

   the ukrainian

   the two americans

 

and hands

us each an apple

 

from the garden

where he plucked three

bags this afternoon

 

and he compliments our smiles

                                 our laughter

the look of better days

 

under wrinkled eyes

          old russian tongue

 

 

©Julie Bolitho. “ukraine,” Poem. Ukraine and Other Poems. Leaf Books Press: 2007, pgs. 13 and 17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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