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Mykyta Ryzhykh

Balances

In Crimea by Arkhip Kuindzhi

the silence of the water
the reflection of the cherry blossoms
balancing between
war and war

outside the broken
window, you can hear
the songs of birds

as if no one had died

night takes the sleeping soldiers
into its womb

a boy washes in the rain
near the ruins of a house

in childhood, everything is black and white

I still can’t sleep sometimes
and monsters crawl out from under the bed

 

About the writer:
Mykyta Ryzhykh is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a frequently published mainstream poet from Ukraine. Ryzhykh is a winner of the international competition ‘Art Against Drugs’, a bronze medalist of the festival Chestnut House, and a laureate of the literary competition named after Tyutyunnik.

Image: In Crimea by Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842-1910). no medium specified. No size specified. 1905. Public domain.

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