Poems of the Week

War Is . . .

by Felicia Nimue Ackerman

“…Russia has set out to seize the last parts of the region not controlled by the separatists . . .
[During a call with French and German leaders], Putin emphasized that Russia was working to
‘establish a peaceful life in Mariupol and other
liberated cities in the Donbas.’”
AP News

So Putin’s revving up the war
To make the conflict cease?
He’s back in Nineteen Eighty-Four,
Proclaiming, “War is peace.”