Filtration operations, or: Forced relocations

A ‘Septolet’

Multitudes of Ukrainians deported 
isolated regions 
of Russia.

Ukrainian children
forcibly adopted.


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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23 thoughts on “Filtration operations, or: Forced relocations”

  1. ‘Forcibly adopted’, I cannot imagine the agony of the families to be torn apart this way. It truly is heart breaking. I see that I will come here for poetry homework guides, when I’ve attempted a ‘septolet’ I’ll send it over for review.

    Thank you for all you do Ben,
    May grace and peace continue to envelop you.

    1. โค Mapule โค ~ yes it's utterly evil. I cannot fathom it either, as I sit here, sitting at the same table as my seven-year-old daughter, looking at her.

      BTW, please feel free to call me ‘David’, as that is my first name.

      The word ‘ben’ simply means ‘son of’, and my father’s name was ‘Alexander’… I created this blog in his memory, you see.

      I know it’s very confusing because ‘Ben’ is also a popular name in English… I’m sorry for the confusion!

      Much love โค

  2. This truly breaks my heart. The fact that this “war” is still alive and kicking just floors me, and then this?! ๐Ÿ˜ข

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