Yellow and Blue

Her name is Iryna

From Kharkiv in Ukraine

She is sheltering in a monastery

On Romanian terrain

Three days it took to get here

Husband left behind

She has her children with her

The war is so unkind


Now at rest and safe at last

Iryna goes to pray

She prays for president Putin

That he be wise some way

To cease from the fighting

To lay all weapons down

She prays for her enemy

In this quiet Romanian town


I sat today as usual

Waiting for my bus

A quiet day no bombing here

No war nor any fuss

I looked down at my shopping bags

And suddenly realised

One blue one yellow so they are

Ukraine I’m on your side


Brian Fahy

29 March 2022

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