A Removable Feast
(an experiment in rhymed free verse or, "anti-verse")

The Russians need not have a care
about the lies we’ve spoken.
We’ve even told them:
the French Hollande, the German Merkel have both laid bare
their countries’ deception for eight years, merely stalling, aware
that in time Kiev’s de facto NATO army would attack the Russian-speaking east.
Except that Russia intervened first
leaving NATO adrift and cursed:
the promise of feast
we sold them

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2023