Posts Tagged ‘Ukraine’

State of the Union

As of today, impeachment now is PAST! –
One party vows that it will carry on.
One party vows that it will make it last.
As of today, impeachment now is past?
So it is certain how the die is cast.
Or maybe not. I hear the nation groan.
As of today, impeachment must be past.
Both parties vow that they will carry on.


© Dennis Allen Lange, 2020.


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An Austrian army, awfully arrayed,
Boldly by battery besieged Belgrade.
Cossack commanders cannonading come,
Dealing destruction’s devastating doom.
Every endeavor engineers essay,
For fame, for fortune fighting – furious fray!
Generals ‘gainst generals grapple – gracious God!
How honors Heaven heroic hardihood!
Infuriate, indiscriminate in ill,
Kindred kill kinsmen, kinsmen kindred kill.
Labor low levels longest, loftiest lines;
Men march ‘mid mounds, ‘mid moles, ‘ mid murderous mines;
Now noxious, noisey numbers nothing, naught
Of outward obstacles, opposing ought;
Poor patriots, partly purchased, partly pressed,
Quite quaking, quickly “Quarter! Quarter!” quest.
Reason returns, religious right redounds,
Suwarrow stops such sanguinary sounds.
Truce to thee, Turkey! Triumph to thy train,
Unwise, unjust, unmerciful Ukraine!
Vanish vain victory! vanish, victory vain!
Why wish we warfare? Wherefore welcome were
Xerxes, Ximenes, Xanthus, Xavier?
Yield, yield, ye youths! ye yeomen, yield your yell!
Zeus’, Zarpater’s, Zoroaster’s zeal,
Attracting all, arms against acts appeal!

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….Sonnet 55 – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17


The men who shot down hundreds from the sky –

Man, woman, child, a babe – an innocent!,

Not enemies, but strangers flying by,

Have goodness gone and moral compass bent.


For man’s sake, they turned man into a quail,

And shot the covey, slaughtering the whole.

Now none care for the first but hope they’ll fail

With cause now dirtied, hardened, black as coal.


To them, their cause would justify their crime.

So says their circle, circled, circular.

Outside, their stock has fallen to a dime,

And they are just the common murderer.


With killer Cain of old, they have a part:

There is a rot and evil in their heart.




© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2014


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