After, or: Before

A ‘Septolet’

Zelenskyy speaks
U.S. Congress.

Putin calls 
fighting in Ukraine 
for first time.


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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10 thoughts on “After, or: Before”

  1. And this on the heels of spurious reports of biological weapon use in Ukraine… It is all Putin’s attempt to prime the pump to justify his use of nuclear weapons!!

  2. I read this as well
    These were Putins very words

    “Our goal is not to spin this flywheel of a military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war,”.

    To think Russians were persecuted for calling it a war.

    Zelensky was also very clear about the War in his address to Congres

    “Your money is not charity. It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way”

    I’ve never listened to anyone of them speak, but from the reading I have the feeling, “orators of the first degree”

    Instincts are at work, clashing and readjusting, impinging on the global conscience

    Striking picture
    In detail the Septolet sums up the current situation.

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