Happiness Is…

A Poem of Gratitude in the Ukraine War

Irises in Fomin Botanical Garden: Kyiv: May 27, 2023: Photo by Author

Natasha when she first wakes up
Philly’s tail wagging at dawn
Not being on social media
Not writing on Medium
A cool morning walk in Kyiv
Coffee on the balcony with Natasha
Lighting candles in St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral
Father Bohdan’s smile when he greets me
Writing by hand in Slavonic style script
Drawing and illustrating my analog art
A cool breeze through the window
Realizing that online life is…

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