War Crimes. a poem by Lisa Reynolds

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After discovery of Mass grave of civilians in Bucha, Ukraine
(Source: CNN, April 4, 2022)

Deny, deny, deny

That’s what he does,
Tells others to do

But bodies are unearthed
Bagged, tagged - in daylight

No tents, no screens
No deception, no deceit

War is war is war
Crime is crime is crime

The two should never meet

Yet here we see
All he has unleashed 

There is no undoing 

Evidence will speak
For the dead

Ukraine will speak
For the dead

And those mourning,
Will soldier on

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Lisa Reynolds is Canadian writer of poetry and short stories, holding degrees from York University. Her works are published internationally in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. Publication credits include those by Anti-Heroin Chic, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Pure in Heart Stories Literary Magazine, Pure Slush Books, Ravens Quoth Press, Sledgehammer Lit, Spillwords, Sweetycat Press, The Wild Word (Berlin), Valiant Scribe, and WordCity Literary Journal, among many others. Translations of her poetry are scheduled for release in 2022. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society, the Writing Community of Durham Region, and an associate member of The League of Canadian Poets. She lives in a waterfront community east of Toronto, Ontario.


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Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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