Dear Ukraine

A GLOBAL COMMUNITY POEM

“Dear Ukraine” is a global community poem that provides a space for individuals around the world to speak to the unfolding atrocities of the war against Ukraine and its people.

Dear Ukraine

by
Julia
Kolchinsky
Dasbach

DEAR UKRAINE Read in English

Україна, рідна READ IN UKRAINIAN

Украина, родная READ IN RUSSIAN

I’m so far from your earth,
your dead, your suffering.
This expanse is nothing
but a singing wound.

Still, I reach for you, Ukraine—
as I drive my children to daycare
and sob in my car, then go on
with the day while you tug
and tear at me Ukraine—thorn,
anchor, stone, seed.

I want your sunflowers to rise
across the water, fields and fields
ablaze. They’ll burn anyone
who dares to cut them down.

Dear Ukraine, you are snowfall
and ash. Your water vapor and smoke
hang heavy in the air.
Even here, they soak the earth.
Take shelter, if only in this
song and soil, if only
for a moment, take shelter here.

RESPOND

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GLOBAL
CONTEXT

Although the focus of this project is on Ukraine, we respectfully acknowledge the long histories of millions around the globe who have been, and continue to be, devastated by forces of oppression that endanger life and deny human rights.

We bear witness from our varying degrees of distance and relation to the war against Ukraine and other forms of violence, at home and abroad. We believe poetry and the arts can be an essential way to respond to trauma, make meaning, and connect communities across languages and borders.

ABOUT
THE POET

Julia Kolchinksy Dasbach emigrated from Dnipro, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee in 1993, when she was six years old and grew up in a Russian-speaking household. She is the author of The Many Names for Mother (The Kent State University Press), winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize; Don't Touch the Bones, from Lost Horse press, publisher of a Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series; and the forthcoming 40 WEEKS. Read her full bio here.

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Donate now to the Kent State University Ukrainian Scholar Support Fund.

Donate now to our Unicef campaign to support Ukraine.

Donate now to the World Central Kitchen.

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