his mighty breath shakes the Carpathian conifers
angels caress the Black Sea with salty blue tears
yards of peat moss release threads of red energy
fire salamanders scream out in their volcanic rage
you will not put Ukrainians in your silencing caves
Archangel Michael stands in full armor and waits
innocents slain will pass through God’s pearly gates
Joni's blog is Rum and Robots, where she publishes poetry, photography, and short stories. Take a look at Joni’s work in Spillwords Press NYC, Vita Brevis Press, The Finest Example, The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, I Write Her – The Short of it, MasticadoresUSA, MasticadoresIndia (regular contributor), and The Edge of Humanity Magazine. Her work has been included in the following anthologies: The Sound of Brilliance (The Short of It Publishing, Volume 1 2020), Inner Eye (Poets Choice, 2021), and It’s Not Easy (Poets Choice 2021), Wounds I Healed - The Poetry of Strong Women (2022), Social Justice Inks: Anthology of Poetry (2022). Joni received an honorable mention in Gabriela Marie Milton’s (Amazon #1 Best Selling Poet) Short Prose Contest. Joni’s blog is an effort to give back – she is a surviving Adult Child of Alcoholics. She is a retired nurse and paralegal who feels a strong kinship with nature.