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Mykyta Ryzhykh: Language Of Stones


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/h4GwO47HJmc) 05.02.2023.



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Brown town

Like a needle

Brown town

Like a need


Here people sit around

Clay figure

Here people are sitting inside

Clay figure


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Night city seeks protection in the sun

City (not) says:

(Silence)


It's raining

/ /

(Devastation)


White men and black guns

Bullets are ringing:

Skr dzg jz


People die:

Quiet

Quiet


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diaphragms of misfortune

compliments of the device


torn tongue bites the tongue

the word touches a deaf ear


a man stands by the old cemetery

and does not know what to say


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ruins speak the language of stones

we are all giant boulders

beside the eternal river of silence


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the temple stands opposite the garden

a hundred-hundred-meter garden opposite the temple

and above the heads of the domes

and above the heads there

is a free sky



Author about Himself: I am Mykyta Ryzhykh from Ukraine (Nova Kakhovka Citу). Winner of the international competition «Art Against Drugs», bronze medalist of the festival Chestnut House, laureate of the literary competition named after Tyutyunnik.

Published in the journals "Dzvin", "Ring A", "Polutona", "Rechport", "Topos", "Articulation", "Formaslov", "Colon", "Literature Factory", "Literary Chernihiv", on the portals "Literary Center” and “Soloneba”, in the “Ukrainian literary newspaper”.

 


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