Russians, or: Vladimir Putin

A ‘Septolet’

200,000 casualties 
in one year.

Putin decides 
to conscript 
400,000 more troops.


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 “Russians, or: Vladimir Putin”

  1. Soon there will me no men left in Russia! That is half the workforce!! This points to very tough times for Russia and the Russian people though I suspect Putin is insulated from any hardship.

  2. Today the ICC issued a warrant for Putin for war crimes, specifically, abducting Ukrainian children. I believe many more war crimes have been committed. Though it is likely that Putin will never be tried, I think a warrant is a step in the right direction. Thank you, David, for keeping the Ukrainian war in our consciousness.

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