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  • Russian Winter

    A shawl of snow
    where lightly her
    in Cossack hat
    and coat of fur.

    A chimney smokes
    into the night;
    a windowpane
    in amber light.
    An opened door,
    a welcome in,
    midst comrades all
    in merry din.
    A bowl of borsch
    with friends consume
    and fresh baked bread
    still warms the room.
    A balalaika
    comes to hand
    and vodkas raised:
    ‘The Motherland!’


  • #2
    You've painted a wonderful picture of community and belonging.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello RhymeLovingWriter, Your response is lovely and very much appreciated. All is well with you, I hope, Tony.

  • #3
    This is an excellent poem! Could be on a postcard or greeting card! Another job well done! Well done Professor Tony Grannell ! A wonderful winter scene in Russia! Just out of curiosity, is that part of your heritage? Or did you just write about it?
    Last edited by Rhymeboy; 02-05-2018, 02:34 PM.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Rhymeboy, Delighted you enjoyed this one and your response is grand and most appreciated. No, I have no Russian blood, one hundred percent Irish. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #4
    Tony,
    A bittersweet and lovely poem, but let's not forget
    history:

    The first artillery shell fell
    On Leningrad on September 1, 1941
    The Germans underestimated
    The Russian people Hitler said
    The city will fall like a leaf

    Relentless bombing
    Lack of electricity mass starvation
    Dogs and cats hunted for food
    Workers drank oil from oil cans
    And ate grease from ball bearings

    3.

    The freshly buried dead
    Unearthed at night
    You wanted your parents to die
    So you could use their ration card
    For bread


    More than 632,00 people died
    During the siege
    4,000 alone starved to death
    On Christmas Day 1941
    Man’s inhumanity to man

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    • DWAYNE
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      Well said!

    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Tanner, Thank you very much. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #5
    Tony, what a vivid scene you articulate, in your signature style.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Dwayne, Thank you very much, kind of you indeed. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #6
    This is definitely your style Tony and leaves one feeling warm and fuzzy.

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello AlexandratheLate, Warm and fuzzy, how lovely. Thank you very much. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #7
    Smooth as a shot of Stoli. Another reason to hoist and say cheers Tony. Bottoms up!

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Bobby, Bottoms up, indeed - cheers, my friend, Tony.

  • #8
    Phew russian winter is something i wouldnt endure. But poetry like yours would help!

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello lunar glide, Tough people they are and poetic, too. Your lovely words are much appreciated. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #9
    Last week The Moscow winter proved
    all that and more. Russia welcomed
    Global Warming as freeing Siberia
    from frozen tundra (in perhaps a
    Century or two.)

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Johntee, As we journey into the great melt, with Putin frozen at the helm - hahaha!. A fine response and very much appreciated. Take care now, Tony.

  • #10
    Another wonderful postcard from you, Tony as you continue your world tour in poems! And still in your signature style but showing your versatility with four syllable lines for this one!

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Muttado, Yes, I'm on a diet, hence, the four syllables - hahaha! Your fine response is very much appreciated, kind of you indeed. Fond regards, Tony.

  • #11
    A different form from your norm Tony but as always, delightful

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    • Tony Grannell
      Tony Grannell commented
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      Hello Karen, Lovely to hear from you and that you found this one delightful, delights me, too. Take care now, Tony.
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