On the Edge: ‘Ukraine’: Poem, Meaning and the Fight

 

 

Soldier saving a baby from the edge of death, after a sudden bomb attack (Daily Mail 5/3/22 – Marc Nicol)

On the Edge: ‘Ukraine’

‘Ukraine’, the country’s name itself, means ‘on the edge’ or ‘outskirts’, ‘borderlands’.  ‘The term ‘Ukraina’ or ‘Kresy’ was used to define the Polish eastern frontier of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’; in fact their current problems arrive from the eastern edge 

At the moment, the Ukrainians are fighting for their existence on the edge.

 

On the Edge – Poem dedicated to Ukraine

War torn, bemused families, living on the edge,

bombs arriving, indiscriminate, without any pledge

to spare the children, innocent, out on the edge.

 

Each day fear renewed, sleeping on the edge,

waking to a new attack, bogged down in the sedge,

knowing the call of the dark abyss threatening from the edge.

 

A fighting force with hope supreme, alert on the edge,

focusing on one true aim, defending land and bridge.

Buildings fall but they stand tall, avenging from the edge.

 

Opposing thoughts of any surrender, even though nerves on edge,

hearts so true, pushing to conquer invasion’s attempt to fledge,

knowing right is by their side, defending at the edge.

 

Hope will reign, courage will win, even on the edge,

until one final, central push on winter’s battle ridge

brings down the foe who crumble to nought, retreating over the edge,

 

falling, falling, never to return; no more threats from the edge.

 

AFC 2023

 

Ukraine

The second largest European country after Russia, Ukraine has had a chequered history leading to its present day troubles.  Not only is Ukraine on the edge of Poland but also on the edge of Russia and it borders Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova.  Its coastline is alongside the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. 

Membership

It is a founding member of the UN, as well as a member of the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organisation and the OSCE.  In the process of joining the EU, it has also submitted an application for joining NATO.

Ukraine attained independence from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991 but now President Putin seeks to reclaim it, following his invasion in early 2022.

Vulnerability

Being ‘on the edge’ can mean you’re vulnerable, pushed to the limits.  ‘On edge’ can mean nervous, bothered about a situation, not always knowing what to do.  The Ukrainians certainly seem to know what they want to do; reclaim their independence, their freedom, and fight for the return of their land which offers them huge resources in grain exports.  Doing so isn’t that easy.  A fiercely independent and proud people, the Ukrainians are showing that, no matter what, they are not giving up on their country, wishing to maintain their membership of various world organisations.  Its request for membership of NATO seemed to act as a catalyst to Putin’s invasion.

Opposing Leaders

I have followed Putin’s actions and words closely through the media and have been moved several times to write about the courage of the Ukrainians and what I consider to be the ruthlessness and cold cruelty of Putin whose Gods appear to be money, power, and land.  

President Zelensky is the only world leader whom I regard with total respect and admiration.  He is of and with his people, he is courageous; he rallies, encourages and spurs his armies.  It is that willingness to walk among them, to fight for them on the world stage, that creates the extraordinary collectiveness of the Ukrainians, a loyal, unified persona that has the ability to conquer those who seek to take away all they stand for.

On the edge Ukraine
Flag of Ukraine

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Ukraine

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Flag_of_Ukraine.svg

 

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Ann Carr

I love writing; short stories, poems, fiction and non-fiction. My time in teaching dyslexics, primary, secondary and adults, life with grandchildren and a multitude of experiences, all have taught me to value family, nature and life in general. I'm a member of HubPages (hubpages.com/@annart) which has helped me hone my writing skills. I have published an anthology of stories and poems on the subject of 'words', entitled 'Take a Word!', designed to encourage writers to stretch their boundaries when choosing words. It's exciting to be a part of a community which has the same passion for writing.

6 thoughts on “On the Edge: ‘Ukraine’: Poem, Meaning and the Fight

  • January 23, 2023 at 10:38 AM
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    Educational and heart felt presentation on the conflict in Ukraine. Very well done Ann. Thank you for the reminders of the horror of war. Jamie

    • January 23, 2023 at 10:50 AM
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      Thank you, Jamie. I never cease to wonder at their determination and courage, as I also wonder why Putin is so evil.
      I appreciate your visit and hope all is well with you.
      Ann

  • January 28, 2023 at 9:36 AM
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    Nice work Ann. The fight in Ukraine is tough. I can’t help but give partial blame to Biden as well. Putin is a horrible person and he will meet his judgment soon. I, myself and part Ukrainian. The scar Ukraine has to me, is it is the mecca for bureaucrats to wash their dirty money, and it has been for some time now. Take all that away and let’s focus on this wonderful piece of poetry you gave us. The flow is magnificent, the intensity can be cut with a knife. Very good work Ann.

  • January 28, 2023 at 9:44 AM
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    Thank you, Paul, for such generous comments. When I feel strongly about a subject, I find that it produces better writing; the passion is there.

    Yes, there are always negative sides to anywhere I suppose. Politics and money always dominate and raise their ugly heads. Interesting that you are part Ukrainian; you must feel even more emotional about it.

    Great to see you comment on my work; much appreciated.

    Ann

  • February 2, 2023 at 11:59 AM
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    Ann, I agree wholeheartedly with your thoughts on President Zelensky. “President Zelenski is the only world leader whom I regard with total respect and admiration. He is of and with his people, he is courageous; he rallies, encourages and spurs his armies. It is that willingness to walk among them, to fight for them on the world stage, that creates the extraordinary collectiveness of the Ukrainians, a loyal, unified persona that has the ability to conquer those who seek to take away all they stand for.”

    What you wrote there could have come from my own pen. I often think of him and know of no other world leader who will walk among and fight with his people, putting himself in harm’s way to defend his country and protect his people. President Zelensky is an amazing, remarkable man.

    I commend you for writing in the public stage about Ukraine and her people. Excellent work. Well done, Ann.

  • February 3, 2023 at 3:50 AM
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    Thank you, Phyllis. I feel so strongly about the situation in Ukraine; Arthur and I follow it avidly. There have been several tv programmes on PBS America which have tracked Putin’s rise to ‘fame’ and shed light on his character – interesting and chilling. It seems he’s obsessed with reuniting the old USSR with no regard for anything else. I just wish Europe and the US would send more help, though they have recently made a bit more effort.

    I appreciate your kind words, and thank you also for highlighting my poem ‘Snowing up a Scene’ today.

    Keep safe and well, Phyllis.

    Ann

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