Well this feels appropriate, even though this was originally published in 2009, when the wars were in the Middle East. Ilya Kaminsky is Ukranian.


We Lived Happily During the War
by Ilya Kaminsky (1977 – )

And when they bombed other people’s houses, we

but not enough, we opposed them but not

enough. I was
in my bed, around my bed America

was falling: invisible house by invisible house by invisible house.

I took a chair outside and watched the sun.

In the sixth month
of a disastrous reign in the house of money

in the street of money in the city of money in the country of money,
our great country of money, we (forgive us)

lived happily during the war.