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Here: For Volodymyr Zelensky

people in a crowd holding signs painted blue and yellow that read "ukraine means freedom" and "shelter our sky" and "#standwithukraine"
A Jewish comedian walks into 
a country
 
Not just any country
the one that spat out my grandparents
where cousins lie in mass graves
 
But there’s the funnyman, the Jew
with stubbled jaw and haunted eyes
the country’s hero
 
A tiny olive-garbed David, he lofts 
the blue and yellow flag 
on a magazine cover
 
In a video that awes
the world, he says 
I’m here
 
Here, where my ancestors 
lie beneath Odessa, Kyiv, and
villages I can’t find on Google maps
 
where the earth still whispers
the dark jokes they told to endure 

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Poem

Found in: Communal Tragedy

Tags: Ukraine, war

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