Kill Zone

Deer are still staying on their respective sides of the former Iron Curtain a quarter of a century after the electrified barbwire border fencing was removed at the end of the Cold War.

~ EARTHWEEK, 5 March 2014

The spotted fawn
does not come near
the scar in the land

the motherland where
under a dark sky
the crunch of boots

the clatter of Kalashnikovs
once shattered the silence
of the pines

and made the rivers
run mute with fear.
A mound of earth

rounds bright green —
from a distance
the spotted fawn gazes

to the eastern hills
then runs away
over wounded earth.

©2018 by Jennifer Hambrick


Sunset Selection

A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and the Ohioana Book Award, Jennifer Hambrick is an established poet who has authored more than 200 poems published in literary journals around the world, including the Santa Clara Review, The American Journal of Poetry, the San Pedro River Review, The Main Street Rag, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest; in the major Japanese newspapers The Asahi Shimbun and The Mainichi; and elsewhere; and who has won numerous awards in international competitions and from Tokyo’s NHK World TV. A classical musician, broadcaster, and web producer, Jennifer Hambrick chronicles her creative expressions on her blog, Inner Voices, at jenniferhambrick.com.

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