Donbass Girl

Donbass girl, hold aloft the daisies,
Unchain the innocent drowned

In sorrow; unmoor the fairies ravaged
By Aidar, let not the bitterness cling

To callow shores; Donbass girl, steel forth
The morrow, ascend beyond the demons

Of the bone-strewn earth; bow unto the fallen
Lost on cryptic battlegrounds, thrice bound

The Don, thrice bound the penitent; for
The lonely traveler shall be engulfed

By the azure sphere, the Kraken
Banished before the dawn’s early

Light, and the sun will envelop
Her newborn babe, the moon will

Kiss the stars as the night folds
Over; kneel in prayer before

The sacred river, from the lark unto
Oblivion, and she will carry you home

David Penner has taught English and ESL within the City University of New York and at Fordham. His articles on politics and health care have appeared in CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Dr. Linda and KevinMD; while his poetry has been published with Dissident Voice. Also a photographer, he is the author of three books: Faces of Manhattan Island, Faces of The New Economy, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at: 321davidadam@gmail. Read other articles by David.