Russian Rain

Russian Rain

Raining death upon the hapless Ukraine,
Sparing not the young, the sick, the old,
Savoring the screams — a grim refrain —
Reveling in misery untold,

Bombing hospitals and even schools,
Watching as the children flee in fear,
Violating all Geneva’s rules,
Causing a sweet land to disappear:

That is what the Russians have inflicted
On a peaceful nation they call “brother.”
Closing in, the nation’s life constricted:
Total independence they now smother.

Freedom in the land’s a setting sun,
And Russia’s reign has only just begun.

A longtime Princeton resident, Cheiten is the author of numerous short stories and poems, several plays, and the Princeton-based novella “The Hidden Ally.” “Russian Rain” is a sonnet.

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