March 4, 2022

Mar 4, 2022

Prayer for Ukraine

You gather the children

taking bits of food
and blankets,
having to choose within minutes
what you will carry
and by default
all that you will lose.
For some
no exodus will come.

Kyrie eleison.

You stand
armed with plowshares
with grit
facing the metal legion
that looms.
The growling tanks
meet the blue flame
of your resolve.
Your courage
will not be extinguished.

Ukrayina, Ukrayina
we cry out your name
in hope, in solidarity.
You remind us
what brotherhood is.

That what is holy
what is beautiful
will yet rise,
even if it requires
rolling a stone
from the tomb.

Kathryn Yingst