The A1 Verse: Victory Day

By Thomas Gaulkin | May 9, 2022

Tanks outside the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, Kyiv.

Every so often, stories published on the front page of the New York Times are so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of them, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred May 9, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


Rivals, Remembering World War II Victory, Harden Over Ukraine

(from the originals by Anton Troianovski and Roger Cohen)

On a day of oration of the end of War,
War was small and War was thin,
but marked by posturing, somehow big.
Men ramped up rhetoric,
and Leaders vowed to mark their victory
over remembering triumph.

Love (unjustifiable and little pursued)
orchestrated something different,
orchestrated a show of lost empire
(called The Devastation of World)
to shame the parade of War…
A solemn procession of people
with portraits that celebrate the Sky,
and put on display the shared World.

War appeared to signal back,
determined to double down.


As the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows, nuclear threats are real, present, and dangerous

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