'The pig is warming himself,' 'Returning from the war...,' and 'damp forest'

The pig is warming himself
Вy the stove as if he will never
Вe baked for



Returning from the war, the saboteur repeats the error of approach and repeats the error of return
The saboteur, returning from the war, still believes that he is at home and that the sky is above his head
Snipers in the bushes of other people's eyelashes
A premature engagement ring on a severed finger of a severed hand
And everywhere there are faces faces faces



damp forest
like a butterfly 
the heat comes 
out of a pistol clip



Mykyta Ryzhykh, from Ukraine, is the winner of the international competition "Art Against Drugs," bronze medalist of the festival Chestnut House, and laureate of the literary competition named after Tyutyunnik. They've been published in the journals Dzvin, Tipton Poetry Journal (2022), Stone Poetry Journal (2022), Divot journal, dyst journal (01.07.2022), Superpresent Magazine, Allegro Poetry Magazine (2022), Alternate Route (07.2022), Better Than Starbucks Poetry & Fiction Journal (07.2022), and Littoral Press (2022).


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Thursday, December 14, 2023 - 20:48