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Sunday, February 04, 2024


by Dmitriy Shandra

Translation by Denis Pinchuk and Bohdan Bondarchuk

 Servicemen of Separate 14th Regiment of Armed Forces of Ukraine dig a trench on the frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region. —The Guardian, November 7, 2023

We dig trenches
too tight to stand and walk in
we dig them nights and we dig them mornings
and evenings we dig them
we are swarm
There is death
we will tear out its eyes
cut out its heart
and strangle it with beautiful hair
The girl from Mariupol
The girl from Irpin
The girl from Bucha
The girl from Gostomel
I promise

Dmitriy Shandra is a poet from Ukraine, Kyiv. He is a paramedic of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.