“‘Elves’ energy infrastructure.
Has come under attack from ‘Mordor’.
Once again this week.
Leaving millions without power.
As temperatures drop below.
Freezing around the country.
There are fears ‘Mordor’.
Is “weaponising winter”...”
Kurama (Japan). Three poems about the agony of not knowing, as Mariupol mass burial sites grow (war in Ukraine 2022)
"In early March, a local ecologist.
Had been trying to find.
A place to bury his father.
Who had been killed in the fighting.
He found to his disgust that.
The mortuaries were full.
He went to the local authorities to ask.
Where he could bury his father..."
Kurama (Japan). Poems about the "filtration" of Ukrainians who risk everything to leave the temporarily occupied territory (war in Ukraine 2022)
“With the help of his friends.
He moved to another European country.
He did not want to reveal the exact location.
He had lost some of his vision.
And doctors said this was a result of.
Head injuries from the beating.
“I feel better now.
But rehabilitation will take a long time.”
What does he think about filtration?
“They separate families.
People are being disappeared.”
“It's pure terror.””
Kurama (Japan). «A poet adapting to a new life» — a poem about the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 (a story about Ukrainian military medic Mariana Mamonova and her baby)
"Late one night in early April.
An ‘elf’ military medic was travelling.
Towards a combat position in Mariupol.
With soldiers from her unit.
The fighting was close; the sound.
Of gunfire and bombs came from every direction.
One of them could have hit.
Their vehicle at any moment..."
““I want to shout to the whole world.
To stop all this.
To stop this bloody war.
As soon as possible.”
“I want ‘orcs’ to know.
How their husbands.
Their sons, their parents.
Are torturing ‘elves’.”...”
Kurama (Japan). «Poets in Bilohorivka» — a poem about the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
"‘Elves’ military was more cautious.
In declaring victory in Bilohorivka.
Given that control over towns and villages.
Has proved tenuous in the past.
But while only a small village.
It would be a potent signal that.
‘Mordor’ no longer has full control.
Of the Luhansk region..."
"A new ‘elves’ flag was flying atop.
A captured ‘orcs’ T72 tank.
Parked by the roadside.
In the strategic town of Lyman.
Some ‘orcs’ fighters joke bitterly that.
The “special military operation”.
As ‘orcs’ government publicly terms.
It “has no goals.
It only has a path”..."
Kurama (Japan). «Poets in Kreshchenivka» — a poem about war in Ukraine 2022 (the cost of occupation in Kherson region)
"Witnessing the visible trauma.
In the village of Kreshchenivka.
Is one of those moments.
When this war feels utterly mindless.
The villages here are mostly destroyed.
From both their occupation and recent liberation.
Despite the eerie quiet and visible destruction.
There is movement..."
Kurama (Japan). «Poets in a tiny dot» — a poem about events on Zmiinyi Island (war in Ukraine 2022)
"The 13 soldiers believed to have been killed.
Defending Zmiinyi Island.
On the first day of the ‘orcs’ invasion.
The border guards were given posthumous honours.
By ‘Gandalf the Green’ after they were heard.
In audio recordings telling an ‘orcs’ warship.
To “go to hell”..."
Kurama (Japan). «Poets alongside a warning» — a poem about the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
"How to be a good partisan.
“Be grumpy,” is one suggestion.
A faceless, hooded figure alongside a warning:
“Kherson: The partisans see everything.”
At the mouth of the Dnipro River.
On the Black Sea coast.
Kherson found itself occupied.
With barely a shot being fired..."
Kurama (Japan). Several poems about life in Zaporizhzhia region during the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
"For now, the sound of birdsong.
And the occasional bark of a dog.
Masks what has happened.
To this small community of Komyshuvakha.
As you drive south.
Towards the front line from Zaporizhzhia city.
The roads seem to empty.
Fewer people walk along the roadside..."
“Many ‘elves’ who remain.
Behind the ‘orcs’ front line.
In the occupied territories.
Are anxiously waiting for this counter-offensive.
When Ukraine hits the occupied territories.”
A resident of Melitopol in the south says.
“It means that Ukraine has not forgotten us.”...”
Kurama (Japan). «Poets in a convoy» — a poem about the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 (video)
"The attack comes as ‘the One’ is preparing for.
A signing ceremony in ‘Mordor’ to annex Zaporizhzhia.
Along with Ukraine's Donetsk.
Luhansk and Kherson regions.
At least 30 people have been killed.
And almost 100 more injured.
In an ‘orcs’ rocket strike.
On a civilian convoy..."
Kurama (Japan). «Poets in a stumbling block» — a poem about the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 (about the events in Bakhmut)
““What should I do?
For my brother?”
His life was spent saving others.
His body lay where he fell.
Flat on his back.
Under a weak September sun...”
Kurama (Japan). «Poets at gunpoint» — a poem about a situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022)
““We can professionally.
Control the ‘Ring’.
But we are helpless in the face.
Of people's irresponsibility and madness.”
On Independence Day.
On that Wednesday.
An extensive fire burning.
In the immediate vicinity of the ‘Ring’ in Zaporizhzhia...”
Kurama (Japan). Two poems about the liberation of Ukraine from russian invaders (war in Ukraine 2022)
"Over a hundred people live.
In the village of Velyki Prohody.
The inscription on the gate says.
“People live here”..."
"This broken city is just beginning.
To tell its stories.
And reveal how many victims.
‘Orcs’ left behind.
The occupiers had a menu of abuses.
For those held in the dank basement cells.
Of a makeshift ‘orcs’ prison in Izyum.
There was more than one type of torture..."
"The exhumation was conducted mostly in silence.
As police and prosecutors looked on.
One officer put his head in his hands.
Another walked away.
Emergency workers wore blue plastic coverings.
In a pine forest at the edge of Izyum.
The stench of death filled the air.
As a mass exhumation got under way..."
"On Monday ‘Gandalf the Green’ raised the ‘elves’ flag.
In the recently-liberated city of Izyum.
The closer you get to Izyum.
The more evidence there is of ‘orcs’ rapid retreat.
‘Elves’ soldiers are grouped.
By the roadside near the city.
Inspecting the spoils of war.
With broad smiles..."
Kurama (Japan). «A poet of a courageous romantic» — a poem about Oleksandr Shapoval, Ukrainian ballet soloist
"Dear God, calamity again! ...
It was so peaceful, so serene.
He resolved to stand on the frontline.
Though he lived for the stage.
We but began to break the chains.
That bind our folk in slavery...
He exchanged his costume.
For a grenade launcher..."