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Author: Russell Streur
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Russell Streur is a born-again dissident. His works have been recently published in Half Drunk Muse, Megaera and The Blanket (Ireland); and are forthcoming in SubtleTea and Poems Niederngasse (Switzerland).



RUSSIAN SKY
THE BOMBINGS OF FLIGHTS 1047 AND 1303, TULA AND ROSTOV-ON-DON, AUGUST 24, 2004


In Moscow summer breezes blow
The bridges are named for saints
The streets are full of heroes

And Lika Yakobashvili
In her widow’s garb
Is crying with her sisters
Beside her husband’s grave
No more to stroll with him
On pearl boulevards
The wine of czars upon his breath
To hold him close in shadows of horse chestnut trees
She cries for him
Unending tears
She weeps for us
For all the world
Our hearts forever frozen here
In lethal kiss of hexogen
Winter comes
Far too soon this year
Our loved ones fall
Blizzards out of August clouds
Orchid after orchid
By dozens from the sky

In Moscow summer breezes blow
The bridges are named for saints
The streets are full of heroes.






SPRING 2007 - ISSUE #9

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