Poems of the Week

Poetic Justice

by Alex Steelsmith

“Ukrainian officials say [several hundred Chechen soldiers] fight alongside the country’s military…

“The model for Putin’s hyper-brutal Ukraine invasion… [is] the style of warfare [Russia] used in Chechnya.”
Asia Times

Ruthlessly, truthlessly,
Vladimir’s strategy
triumphed; the Chechens were
crushed and perplexed.

Soon the unmerciful
glared at Ukraine and said,
“You’ll be annext.”

Readily, steadily,
Chechen expatriates
now give Ukrainian
efforts a boost,

pledging their services
Vladimir’s Chechens have
come home to roost.