Poems of the Week

Over a Barrel

by Alex Steelsmith

“Natural gas is once again front and center after Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak
warned that Moscow could halt its exports to Germany and the rest of Europe…”


“[E]ven during the peak of the Cold War, the Soviet Union did not resort to such extreme tactics…
Countries in Europe depend heavily on natural gas from Russia to… heat homes.”


Sinister Minister,
Vladimir’s deputy
warns Europeans their
gas is controlled

mainly by Russia, whose
dictator knows how to
make a war cold.