Ukraine’s skies, or: Teddy bears

An ekphrastic poem

A crystalline

Papa, do you remember our clouds
that looked like giant teddy bears?

Though I fled Ukraine weeks ago,
our dear teddy bears followed me here.

Do you still look up at Ukraine's skies?
I know our bears are watching you.

I know because when I asked them to,
they nodded and floated off east. 

Mama tried so hard to spot our bears
but couldn't see through all her tears.

The artist: Vika Muse

Vika Muse is a Ukrainian artist who worked as a web designer for about 13 years. She wanted to be an artist in her childhood; but she didn’t have support from her parents. Her primary subject matters are usually nature, landscapes, fantasy art, and fairies. She is a self-taught artist.

You can find Vika on Instagram, as well as on INPRNT.


  • a complete couplet – a stand alone poem or any number of couplets;
  • syllabic, 17 syllables – 8/9 or 9/8 syllables per line;
  • written with English grammatical rules of syntax, caps and punctuation;
  • composed with a “cut” or pivot most often between L1 and L2.

d’Verse poetics: The light of “Vika Muse”

At d’Verse, poets were challenged to choose pieces of Vika Muse’s artwork and let these guide them on poetic journeys, wherever they would lead.

**PLEASE credit her work.** by sharing her name and Instagram.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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68 thoughts on “Ukraine’s skies, or: Teddy bears”

  1. Beautifully written a lovely tribute to those Ukrainian children who have lost a parent. It is such a heartbreaking situation in the Ukraine. We keep praying 🙏 only God knows what is coming but praying can only help. Thanks for this beautiful post. Blessings and hugs 🤗 dear David. 🙏

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