Thinking of Ukraine I ran across this poem by W. H. Auden

September 1, 1939

W. H. Auden – 1907-1973
 

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge image made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

(Sept. 1, 1939 was the start of WW II. The culture driven mad was Germany. The psychopathic god was Hitler. PB)

ukrainian flag in peter bakke yard 2022

Ukrainian flag in my front yard. Saddlebrooke, Tucson, AZ.