Putin Burns Nuclear | Rp Verlaine

Putin at the Mirror

Taking his shirt off
and riding a horse
no longer makes Putin
hide the small man he is,
staring at the mirror
that no longer tells him
grand enough lies.

So he attacks a smaller
country after rereading
Bullies For Dummies.
Quotes Bowie,
blames Nato, The West
with their eyes on gas
prices-still safe if turned off
turning off nightly television 
horrors.

Crimea first, now Ukraine
with a blue print for a
reunited Russia on his desk.
His version of the globe
Chaplin twirled in The
Great Dictator, saying
Mine! Mine!

While the planet waits
holding its breath 
as does Putin's mirror
at what it can't hide.
Yet the cracks tiny
and almost unseen
are beginning to show
meanwhile  an unhinged 
sociopath dares us 
to exhale.

Ukraine Burns

In the Smoke
trying to find
hope where
there's little
to none 
as thousands 
flee their old
lives 
to new
uncertainty
Ukraine's on fire
as bombs and bullets
missiles and tanks
do what they do.
All our copious tears
lacking the water
so far
to put it out.

Nuclear Alert

Nucleart missles 
on alert to turn
Ukraine to a cinder 
turned to ash.

A Threat or...

The ash taste
in our mouths
now ever more
profound.

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Rp Verlaine

lives in New York City.  He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry- Damaged by Dames & Drinking was published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From The Autobiography vol 1-3 were published from 2018 to 2020.  is newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.

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