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Poetry | Ukraine

A Letter to the Children of Ukraine

Every one of you is a sunflower of hope

A composite image made up of a row of large hand-drawn yellow sunflowers on long stems positioned in front of a half blue, half yellow map of Ukraine, all  on a light blue background. Across the bottom of the image is a  row of advancing soldiers in black silhouette.
Image assembled by writer in Canva using original sunflower artwork by the writer’s grandson

To the dear children of Ukraine,
each and every one of you
a sunflower of hope-filled yellow
against an expanse of war-torn blues
You sprout from the seed of your ancestors
nourished by their blood in the soil
You grow and prosper against the odds
forever turning your faces to the…




We are living in the digital world, covered in the autonomous aspects & tracked motions of life. Yet, somehow we are losing some critical elements. Keyboards, touchpads, & speech-to-text are there, but we believe that handwritten words on paper is still meaningful to some poets.

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Carolyn Hastings

Carolyn Hastings

Well-practiced speech pathologist now practicing to be a children’s book writer — emphasis on practicing.

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