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Sophia sees the ceilings gone, walls are down
she sees and hears mad fire works in the sky
five minute intervals timed
to a uterine beat

Yulia pushes her hand on Sasha's back
a girl in a grey-soot dress, once blue
color of sky only still seen in memory cells
pushing her hard, fast ahead
hurrying hoping for safe haven in a place where
the ceilings are going, walls falling down
as they run. three weeks ago Sasha had been dancing
in a blue dress, pretending her big doll had given birth
to her little doll. now their feet are tick tocks
Sophia's minute hand trying to speed time to safety.
she pushes Sasha harder, faster toward a place
with an already knocked down door
just before the fire works' sparks fall too hard, too fast
and she and her daughter
don't have to be worrying
about hurrying

"Push"! Jeda screams as Sophia screams "God!
Save us please"! the floor beneath her bloodied
like her thighs and her knees
both women scream their "WHYS?" when a baby girl
unnamed, bursts forth and cries, new life
just before thunder and lightning too close to their eyes
explode away any color skies

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of life and death in the Ukraine! I see the difficulties that you are showing us, and they make me ashamed of the human race, but this is reality, and there are monsters among us. Thanks for the cold, staring-us-in-the-face look. We should be doing much more than we are, because we cannot not let these monsters loose on the rest of the world. ~ Geezer.

It seems that the days and hours that people
are available for chatroom are staggered and
not a good match for most everyone. How about
if everyone just shows up at the door, whenever
they have a few free minutes?

several days ago on the news i heard biden is finally going to send zelensky all he asked for. have not heard a word on any station since. i hope it was true. they don't want our feet on their ground they need more weapons etc to use themselves.

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a chilling peek into lives of the oppressed. such sadness and horror...

*hugs, Cat

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