Kievan Rus’, or: The modern nations

A ‘Septolet’

has forever 
transformed Ukrainians.

Ukrainians now
want to expunge
everything Russian 
from Ukraine.


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.

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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20 thoughts on “Kievan Rus’, or: The modern nations”

  1. There is a saying here, over many fronts, but, for nationalistic fronts? most often touted by historians and military war experts, as a quote, regarding our Revolution from Britain and our own Civil War. and various regional wars played out to this day โ€“ in politics, districts, etcโ€ฆ.

    โ€œIf youโ€™re gonna shove someone off the fence โ€“ before ya shove, ya might want to make certain you have some idea of what side they are gonna land onโ€™

    Me? Iโ€™m watching all the talking heads leading up to our mid term elections โ€“ the news on climate changes โ€“ etc. here and abroad and where talking heads and elected leaders choose to spend their time talking about โ€“ so many around me?

    Effectively shoved me off a fenceline they cared about years ago โ€“ over and over, folks are surprised to learn what side I land on โ€“ LOL

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