For this week’s #TankaTuesday challenge, Yvette M. Calleiro, selected the theme of beginnings and endings. I tried to allude to beginnings and endings without using the words. It proved to be difficult for me today… Here’s a bit of tanka prose to reflect on.
yellow daffodils bloom amidst the destruction war machines roll on as spring moves into summer we must pray for peace
Mariupol is a Ukrainian port city on the Sea of Azov in the south of the Donetsk region. I heard today that if Russia were to capture the city, Mariupol would be Moscow’s first strategic victory in the war. This city would also give Russia a land corridor connecting territories under its control. That Russia could win anything tears at my soul.
They say all that’s left of the city is a freezing hell-scape littered with bodies. Is this the dawn of a new era or the bitter conclusion of civilization?
© Colleen M. Chesebro