BY DAVIDMURRAYLAW@GMAIL.COM

Tikhanovskaya

 

 

 

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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