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Sunday, March 13, 2022


by Marilyn Peretti

Yuriy Blazhkevych at his home in Brooklyn the day before he left for Ukraine. “I’m so angry,” he said. Photo: Sasha Maslov for The New York Times, March 10, 2022

Zoryana says
   he never wears socks
   just flip flops,
speaking of her father,
   Yuriy, who is packing
   at his Brooklyn home
to fly to Warsaw.

Will he pack socks
   she wonders or still
   go bare, even in snow
as he does here in 
   Brighton Beach, winter
after cold winter.

Yuriy is returning
   to his homeland,
   Ukraine, to fight
Putin’s army, along with
   Ana, Ivan, Bogdani
   and Andrey, Americans
stabbed with pain
   by the cruel invasion.

As recommended, 
   Yuriy bought army fatigues,
   night goggles, belt
and holder for AK47s,
   helmet and boots. 
  Tearfully, she worries
about his freezing feet.

Marilyn Peretti from near Chicago has been published in various journals over the years, including The New Verse News, Kyoto Journal, Gray Sparrow Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Highland Park Poetry, Snowy Egret. Her most recent book is Behind the Mask in 2020... 2021... .