Anastasia didn’t wrap the fruit trees,
windows low to the ground
peasant house, in Zalesye village,
the mud brick oven, her table,
What does she pray for?
Bulldozed and buried:
The Red Forest.
Grandmother Olga’s grave
inside the Zone.
plutonium dust —
in a kindergarten,
rubber gas masks are left.
encases the reactor
Barbed wire fence, the military.
Wild horses, wild boar,
wolves roam the streets,
First Published in Black Grass, author Ilona Martonfi (Broken Rules Press, 2012)
Blue flowers on black grass by Jane of the Pyrenees – SummitPost.org – used with permission
Guest Author Bio
Ilona Martonfi Author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press 2012). Published in Vallum, Accenti, The Fiddlehead, Serai. Founder/producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings, co-founder of Lovers and Others. QWF 2010 Community Award.
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