The Dandelions of Ukraine

She paints a different scene
different from the devastation of war.
One of deep meaning to her people.

Far from crimson-orange flames,
bomb bursting flares in night skies,
blood-stained rubble covered streets.

She paints a girl with auburn hair
back to us, looking out at sunburst sky
in the midst of dandelion fields.

Beautiful broadleaf perennial weed,
dandelions bloom brightly yellow,
steep in teas and make fine wine.

Notoriously challenging to remove,
ten-inch-long taproots deep in soil
tenaciously hold their place in earth.

Sunflowers may be the national flower,
but this upstart weed personifies her people.
Strength, perseverance, and beauty,
just as she painted, the dandelion field.

Written for Poetics Tuesday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Mish is hosting and gives us an inspiring, beautiful and timely prompt, acquainting us with Ukrainian artist, Vika Muse. We are to select one of her remarkable paintings and be inspired by it. As Mish writes: “During this unfathomable yet very real situation in her homeland, let us bask in the light of her artistry and be a reflection of light with our words.”

The work of Vika Muse can be found on Instagram at @get.muse and is featured on the website (just do a search on this site for Vika Muse and all her artwork will come up). I selected her piece, The Dandelion Field.

dVerse pub opens at 3 PM Boston time, featuring this prompt.

21 thoughts on “The Dandelions of Ukraine

    • lillian April 12, 2022 / 3:41 pm

      I loved this piece of artwork and did some research on dandelions. Such a wonderful metaphor for the Ukrainian people.


  1. Mish April 12, 2022 / 3:32 pm

    Aww, Lil. This brought me to tears.I think the prompt has really rocked me LOVED your approach. Your poem is such a beautiful tribute to her strength.


    • lillian April 12, 2022 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you, Mish. I am so taken by her artwork and your words in this prompt. It is one I feel an actual part of…rather than simply writing for dVerse…if that makes sense?


  2. merrildsmith April 12, 2022 / 3:46 pm

    I love how you brought it back to this tenacious flower (they are flowers, not weeds to me) with its long roots. This is so beautifully written, Lillian!

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    • lillian April 12, 2022 / 4:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Merril. I was just so taken with her art and this prompt.

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      • merrildsmith April 12, 2022 / 8:03 pm

        You’re welcome. It was a very special prompt!


  3. Glenn A. Buttkus April 12, 2022 / 4:36 pm

    We all are rising to the challenge. Your dandelion metaphor resonates, instructs and inspires. Thanks. My poem is dark, but so are the times.


  4. Gillena Cox April 12, 2022 / 4:39 pm

    “Sunflowers may be the national flower,
    but this upstart weed personifies her people.
    Strength, perseverance, and beauty,”

    Bravo, Luv it.
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine



  5. Grace April 12, 2022 / 4:46 pm

    What a beautiful work and so inspiring to read Lillian. I love how it personified the brave and courageous people of Ukraine. Love this one.


  6. Truedessa April 12, 2022 / 9:53 pm

    Loving the photo choice, symbolic of strength, beauty and life.


  7. Tricia Sankey April 12, 2022 / 10:06 pm

    The strength in the photo and your words are so inspiring, great write! 💙💛


  8. Kenji April 13, 2022 / 2:54 am

    You selected exactly the right piece of artwork to go with your poem giving strength and power to Ukrainian people. It is painted based on the two symbolic colors of Ukraine, yellow and blue.


  9. Arjan Tupan April 13, 2022 / 3:14 am

    An ode to dandelions. Wonderful, and a very good metaphor. Did you know that some people believe the root to hold strong medicinal potential? I hope that helps in the healing that will inevitably (and hopefully soon) come.

    Very well written poem.


  10. vikamuseart April 13, 2022 / 4:52 am

    oh, wow! So an amazing poem. Very inspiring for me. Thanks to your poem my painting has a deep inner sense understandable to everyone now. Thank you!💛💙


  11. paeansunplugged April 13, 2022 / 7:12 am

    Such an amazing write on the strength of the weed and what it symbolises!


  12. rothpoetry April 13, 2022 / 10:55 am

    Wonderfully written, illustrated with your words, full of strength and endurance! The dandelion is such a great example of resilience!


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