To The Last Bullet

Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Grease-stained clouds,

the tanks are leaking

and the rebellious sunset,

a power plant, the grand prize.

They’re cluster bombing towns,

missiles as battle cries,

a pack of wolves run wild;

the oil pan hillside drips dry.

Freedom of speech is criminalized,

and the young pups lie:

“We’re old enough to die,

we’re old enough to bleed and die.

We’re more than casualties,”

they scream, but no one intervenes,

as the bully blocks the sea.

β€œWe are ready to fight to the last bullet,” said the Mykolaiv’s mayor, Oleksandr Senkevich, standing in his office with a pistol in his pocket.


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