Boots on the ground, or: Feet on the ground

A ‘Septolet’

arms empower 
Ukrainians to fight back.

hasn't proposed
a viable endgame


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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22 thoughts on “Boots on the ground, or: Feet on the ground”

  1. I feel for the Ukrainian people, and ordinary Russian citizens as well; neither asked for this war. I place this ungodly mess square on Putin’s shoulders. But sometimes I ask myself: how much more money can the U. S. afford throw at this war? We are swimming in debt, and keep adding to it. As is, our government spends—and wastes—far too much money.

    1. Hi, Deb 🙂

      No, this is not a syllabic form – all that it requires is exactly 14 words, exactly 7 lines, and two separate stanzas that each paint a picture related to the other.

      All the best,

  2. I doubt they have a clue. I don’t myself. It seems appropriate that Russia is never able to do this again but beyond that, who knows. I’m not even clear how Ukraine wants this to end. Even when they kick Russia out, there has been such damage that they will surely demand reparations.

    1. well, I know that the Ukrainians remain convinced that they can win the war… so the Ukrainian President has to do their will, more or less, as he was elected democratically…

      1. I think Ukraine won the war after a few days when it exposed the Russian military as a sham. In that respect Putin has inflicted enormous, and enduring, self-harm. But equally my opinion doesn’t matter.

      1. I think the difference here is that Ukraine has pleaded for help from other countries. It’s not as though it has stepped in, uninvited, as it has done previously. The same goes for every other country which has helped Ukraine.
        The only “plan” any country needs is how far they are prepared to go to help Ukraine.

          1. I agree with you about the US’s interventions previously. But certainly in Iraq and Afghanistan we shared the same faults. We thought through the war without thinking through the peace.

          2. or should I say, the politicians share the blame. Regular people have the sense to oppose these things because regular people are always the victims.

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