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A POEM by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger
Kathryn Brown Ramsperger -- Author & Intuitive Life Coach(R) Kathryn Brown Ramsperger -- Author & Intuitive Life Coach(R)
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Dateline: Rockville, MD
Monday, February 28, 2022


The threat of war with Russia has been with me all my life. In a nutshell: The Soviet Union was formed in 1922, the year my father was born. It sent missiles to Cuba in 1962, when I was 4, resulting in the Cuban Missile Crisis. We had community nuclear drills. Some wealthy families build bomb shelters. In autumn 1983, when I was 24, the world was saved from potential nuclear disaster, which would have occurred due to systems not being able to tell the difference between an exercise and a real attack. Tensions were high all fall in DC. I remember going on my morning bike ride the day we were told there was a threat, and watching the sun rise, wondering if it was the last time. Thankfully, the sun did rise the next morning, and Russians and Americans were there to see it. The Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, one of the years I was working in Europe. Russian and American colleagues all expressed relief. Crisis averted, we thought. The next year I went to New Year’s Eve in Prague. There was such joy in the streets. Now, an invasion of Ukraine. None of us want our children going on their last bike ride or worrying it will be their last.

This year, on Feb. 22, 2022, I wrote this poem to Ukraine.


To Ukraine

Today as explosions reigned,

A black bird flew from someone’s window

Across my t.v. screen,

The moment its wings expanded

Caught for all to see.

Today someone’s world was shattered

Today someone lost their home

Today someone shielded their children

Today someone fled for their lives

Today someone marched forward to defend them

Today someone watched their brother’s last breath

Today a neighbor went to get groceries

Today a business owner sent an email

Today a mom took her kids to day care

Today someone laughed at a joke

Today I wrote

Without shape or focus

Because I was remembering

The death toll of so many battles


Supporting the shattered lives as I could

Eyes straight ahead

Never averted

And here we are again

With someone so far but so near


Even as the crow lifts off,

Someone hiding in a subway station

That tomorrow they will call

Their only home.

Today as explosions reigned

I saw a black bird fly outside my window.

Even it has a home to return to

And it calls no country its own.

— Kathryn Brown Ramsperger

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