Marc Chagall,

Cumpleanos, 1915, MOMA

To become a heroine


of her country’s cause


she was not destined


but her husband’s arrest


brought out her best.



Mother, housewife and schoolteacher


a politician not


 a reluctant leader


but she rose to the moment


and became a mighty opponent.



Lukashenko is a petty despot


too long in the saddle, a zealot


his days are numbered


his end is nigh


and we all know why.



Courage is a commodity


of which most all of us would want to be


in abondance


but bravery exacts a price


and often its reward may take time to suffice.



Svetlana, you are an example


that others will surely follow


Belarus’s  struggle will take time to prevail


but prevail it will


and as it does, you will be remembered still.





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