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Psalm into Silence: two poems by Mykyta Ryzhykh

Photo of a bare tree superimposed on a textured background of stone or wood, sepia tones, image by Gerd Altmann, on Pixabay.

image by Gerd Altmann, on Pixabay


Psalm travels into silence

Rare silence envelops words

The ear caresses the singing of the ancient walls

The temple turns into a tree and people into birds

A boy with a slingshot looks out from around the corner

The sky is still blue






Light for the blind in the pupils

Two eyes were born to live in the distance


Pupils for blind light

Distance is peace for the eyes


Two arms and two legs

Two wooden crossbars


Body to wood

Wood to body


Mykyta Ryzhykh is a writer from Ukraine. He is the winner of the international

competition «Art Against Drugs», bronze medalist of the Chestnut House festival,

and laureate of the literary competition named after Tyutyunnik. Mykyta has been

published in the journals Dzvin, Dnipro, Bukovinsky journal, Polutona, Rechport,

Topos, Articulation, Formaslov, Colon, Literature Factory, Literary Chernihiv, Tipton

Poetry Journal, Stone Poetry Journal, Divot journal, dyst journal, Superpresent

Magazine, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Alternate Route, Better Than Starbucks Poetry

& Fiction Journal, Littoral Press, Book of Matches, on the portals, Ice Floe Press,

Litcenter, and Soloneba, and in the Ukrainian literary newspaper.

March 2024 issue

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Thoughtful, thought-provoking poems. "The temple turns into a tree"---wow!

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