Beautiful Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo by Chaiwat Hanpitakpong from Unsplash.

For Eugenia’s Moonwashed Weekly Prompt #143-5/16/23, Picturesque

Beautiful Ukraine

Pastoral landscapes,

wheatfields and sunflowers…

Exquisite Ukraine!

Picturesque small towns,

lovingly tended gardens…

Enchanting Ukraine!

Modern cityscapes,

historic landmarks, green space…

Elegant Ukraine!

Brave Ukrainians

enduring, working, defending

Beloved Ukraine!

Envisioning peace,

time to restore and rebuild

Beautiful Ukraine!

Copyright© 2023 by Cheryl Batavia

War Image. Drone Photo above Lutsk, Volyn, Oblast, Ukraine. Photo by Ivan Serediuk from Unsplash

Beach, Odessa, Ukraine. Photo by Sasha Mattveeva from Unsplash.

Honeybees Pollinating Sunflowers, Ukraine. Photo by Audrius Sutkus from Unsplash.

Historic Opera House, Lviv, Ukraine. Photo by Pavlo from Pixabay.

Ukrainian Child in a Field of Poppies. Photo by Viktor Kondratiuk from Pixabay.


    1. My next-door neighbors are a wonderful Ukrainian American family with five children and big extended families. Her mother barely got out of Kyiv at the beginning of the war. We have a large Ukrainian American community here. We also have Russian Americans living here. My neighbor is good friends with a RussianAmerican family who live down the street. I have two adopted Russian children. We all get along.

      I empathize with both the Ukrainians, who have suffered death and destruction in their country, and with the common people of Russia who are also suffering and dying in this awful war. It will be a massive task to rebuild Ukraine. Many Ukrainians will probably never return. Things will never be the same! The Ukrainians, though, are very determined and hard-working people. I am sure they will be able to rebuild their country and their broken lives.

      I agree wholeheartedly with you, Rosaliene. Thank you for your very true observation. ❤



      1. Cheryl, thanks for sharing your own experience in living with Ukrainian and Russian Americans. How do the common people on both sides of this divide deal with such antagonism? Only time will tell.

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  1. Your poem brought tears to my eyes, Cheryl. I hope they rebuild bigger and better than ever. A beautifully written post and thank you so much for joining in.

    There was something wonky with your link in Mister Linky but I fixed it. 💖

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  2. Beautiful poem Cheryl. We have to stop the atrocities od this war. We saw many Ukrainians when we were in Poland a few days ago. It was at least comforting to know they have a place to go where they can work, easily communicate and integrate, but I know they’re only thinking of their home. Maggie



    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences in Poland, Maggie. ❤ I often wonder how many refugees will return to Ukraine when the war is over. Many are in Poland, but others are spread out all over the world. My wonderful next-door neighbors are from Ukraine, but they have been here for many years, and their large extended family lives nearby.

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      1. I grew up in Manitoba which has always had a large Ukrainian population and recently took in quite a few refuges. I think many will return once it is safe to do so, the country will need to rebuild.

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  3. That’s a stunning image and the accompanying poetry is lovely. Terribly sad to see how destructive wars can be. As you said,
    “Envisioning peace,
    time to restore and rebuild
    Beautiful Ukraine!” ❤️

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