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almost everyone everywhere thought
its chances were naught
just how could Ukraine
withstand such a big army
and so much pain?
not a country
just a place
without its own history
needing Russia to be more
than an empty space.
without a national tongue
just some Slavonic dialect
that at best could be sung
a sound without a voice
not deserving respect.
so has strummed Putin’s refrain
a vision for his mission
to use Ukraine
to resurrect empire
now subject to derision.
Ukraine has become a modern metaphor
for a David believing in his history
working to best a Goliath in war
with morality on his side
whilst the Goliath seeks to revive an unrevivable glory.
not over is this story
there are still chapters to write
but the world already has an allegory
about how the odds can be evened
when there is a just fight.
that Kherson has been won
sends a message to the besieged almost anywhere
that they can prevail against superior gun
If they believe that history is on their side
and are not afraid to dare.