Poem : Z

On World Poetry Day today, I’m sharing a poem I wrote, ‘Z’, in light of the Ukraine- Russia War. This poem is based on the news dated 10th March where terminally ill children stood in the snow forming the letter ‘Z’ in Russia. To read the news, you can click here.

Dying children standing in deep snow- a 'Z' formation 
What does it mean? 
Makes me wonder 'Zachem',in Russian

means, 'for what?' 
What does it even mean?
When everyone is second guessing; so must I-

'Z' is for zoo; where animals are caged
'Z' is for zealot; an oppressor
'Z' is for zip; used for restricting access.

'Z' is for zen; living in harmony with the universe
'Z' is for zealous; passionate for a cause; I wonder, even to die?
'Z' is the last alphabet;the end!

'Z' is for zanny; bizarre or comical
'Z' stands for Zapad,meaning 'West'; where the sun sets, and
'Z' stands for Za Pobedy, meaning victory; I wonder, over what?

Since nobody knows what 'Z' stands for
Would it be overly optimistic of me 
to think it symbolizes, 'peace'? 

Peace between two ideologies- communism and capitalism
Moving parallel like railway tracks
Never to meet

Except as in 'Z'.





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17 responses to “Poem : Z”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I wish that it did have a peaceful meaning, this is another powerful comment on the war Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I hope God is listening.
      You calling the writing, ‘powerful’ is encouraging. Thank you so much,Andrea.

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Brilliant and such an interesting poem, Smitha. Feeling so sad for these people in war times and always the innocent are made scapegoats.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Kamal for appreciating the poem. It is depressing that all we can do is wait and watch.

      Like

      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Yes Smitha very sad. Always welcome 😊😊🙏🏻

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  3. Infinite Living Avatar

    I absolutely loved all your Zs!!! What a touching news, appreciate knowing about the children and their formation. I join you in the intention and meanign of Peace ()

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, so, so ,much Pragalbha 🙂 I was shocked on hearing the news and when I saw the formation of ‘Z’, the first thing that came to my mind was two parallel lines joined by a diagonal. Let’s hope and pray for peace.

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      1. Infinite Living Avatar

        Two parallel lines joined by a diagonal – that is so perfectly said, I loved it for what you mean by it 💛

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Thank you again, Pragalbha. It makes me happy to know you feel this way🧡.

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  4. Writing to Freedom Avatar

    Thanks for caring and writing this evocative commentary Smitha. May we learn to value care, peace, and respect more than power, greed, and war.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Amen! Thank you, Brad for reading. I’m so glad the poem resonated with you. It’s gut-wrenching to see the destruction caused by this war.

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  5. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    This is a very interesting poem, Smitha. Did you base it on a real intention with the Z?

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Yes, Robbie, I did. I was shocked seeing sick children standing in the snow. The poem wrote itself out. I’m happy you found it interesting.

      Like

  6. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    A poignant reflective poem, Smitha. Very ingeniously written! ❤

    I think the dictator wants to return to the time of the czars…with himself as czar, naturally! Such a sad era of the pandemic; racial, ethnic, and religious violence; wars; income inequality; the rise of cruel authoritarian leaders; environmental degradation and climate change. I hope to see positive changes in my lifetime. ❤

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Cheryl, thank you for your words of appreciation. I’m delighted you liked the poem.💗😊

      It’s painful, all that’s happening around us. Sadly, we are repeating the mistakes of the past when we know fully well that nothing good can come of it. You’ve listed out all the problems in our world today. Sadly, one lifetime isn’t enough to fix the mess. We only seem to be making it bigger.
      Thank you again,Cheryl for writing back. I appreciate it very much.❤

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