Great Patriotic War: June 22, 1941 — May 9, 1945.
26.6 million lives lost.*
Lay them down in the fields of sweet barley and rye,
Let them pause just a bit till they’re ready to fly,
Do not bend over them, do not morn, do not weep,
Don’t disturb their short rest, let them sleep, let them sleep.
They will gather their strength, and together they’ll rise,
All like one they’ll take flight to the still paradise,
Where the children await, where the wives of their own
They’ll embrace at the gate, where the fields lie unmown.
© 2012 Sasha A. Palmer
Image credit: Soviet soldiers burying their fallen. Public domain.