Ukraine in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)
Odessa, Ukraine, in Collective Memory
From plateau city to the sea...
nearly two-hundred granite steps.
Forever-gone the sandstone for Potemkin.
Mug shots... like photo booth portraits:
adaptation for those who dodged worse.
Paintings of princesses in chiffon.
Graphic-red fiction: concrete colonnades
to celebrate function over naked joy.
I catch the scent... a down-staircase sea.
Laminated-yellow landscape, cracked edges,
wheat-seed paper and a deep blue sky:
bearing sandstone... crunch of broken backs.