Like a ray of sparkling sunlight in the sky clean blue,
Your smile let a thousand lilies bloom.
Over the moon was I. Did I ever say this to you?
I wish you knew all that clouds my mind tonight;
How I want to hold you a little longer,
Cuddle you a little more and shine in delight.
But, like all good things must end one day;
Finally, It is time to bid you goodbye,
‘Farewell Little Princess’ is all that I have to say.
Fanatics have poured in from across the border;
Invading and ravaging our beautiful land,
Plunging the country in gloom and disorder.
I will fight the raiders with all my might,
With molotov cocktails or makeshift guns,
With sticks or bare hands; whatever is in sight.
I will stand as a human shield for them to slew,
I will fall before their tanks to slow them down,
I will do all it takes. They will never reach you.
I give my today so that you can be free;
I will watch over you from yonder hilltop,
This world and next, I only have you, as you have me.
Note from the editor: This poem is inspired from a photograph of a father leaving to fight for his country, Ukraine, against the invasion from Russia. The photograph made and perhaps is still making rounds in the social media.