Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr (Thursday Doors)

Stop war.  Help.
Where to go?
The life left.

Tried to flee.
Stop war.  Help.
For what?  What?

So much grief.
Can’t go back.
Stop war.  Help.

I wanted to wait until the scaffolding on the left side came down to photograph St. Volodymyr, but now seems like the time to look at its front door, scaffolding or not.

The door is a simple one, of plain wood with lace curtains, in contrast to the ornate building itself. The interior is quite spectacular, to judge from the photos here. St. Volodymyr “was first constructed in 1894-96 to be a synagogue by noted New York architect Arnold W. Brunner and became a church in 1958.”

There was an interfaith prayer service held at the cathedral yesterday, attended by Gov. Kathy Hochul and other religious and political dignitaries.

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday prompt this week was to Create Your Own Syllabic Form. I’m calling mine “333”:
3 verses/3 lines in each verse/3 one-syllable words in each line
Line one repeats as line 2 in second verse and line 3 in third verse

The words in my poem were taken from interviews with Ukrainian refugees and inspired by the signs on St Volodymyr’s door.

Dan Antion hosts Thursday Doors here.

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40 responses to “Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr (Thursday Doors)”

  1. SelmaMartin says :

    Oh gosh. Stop War Now! Yes.
    Loved your 333. I might give it a try.
    The repetition is like an echo. I like it. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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  2. Emille says :

    Beautiful building! The reason why we are getting to know the Ukraine is unfortunately sad. I always thought it was a small country (one of the 3 biggest in Europe!) with such a large population – 44 million. Just overwhelming to think about helping to help such an amount of people helping to escape:(
    But it is inspiring about the way they fight back!!

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    • memadtwo says :

      It’s true Emille. I did not even realize how many Ukrainians lived here in the city until this war. Their spirit is indeed inspiring, but the war is tragic.


  3. harmonykentonline says :

    Fantastic form and heartfelt message, Kerfe 💕🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ingrid says :

    The form you have used creates the impression of being caught in the terror and confusion of an attack: effective and impactful!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    Kerfe, this is an excellent form. I not only like your message but the sources you grabbed the words from is true poetic art. I could see all of these photos in one of your collages. I love it! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. yvettemcalleiro says :

    That was brilliant, Kerfe, and so simplistic but powerful! I loved it! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Your minimalist invention packs a great amount of power. My Ukrainian friend’s parents have just made it to the Czech Republic where their other daughter lives, and I can’t help but feel myself displaced with them. There are so many good people out there helping in this horrific situation, but also so much uncertainty about the future. May all our actions and incantations turn the world toward peace. 🕊

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  8. Teagan Riordain Geneviene says :

    Thanks for this beautiful photo, Kerfe. It’s perfect for your wonderful poem. I always love rounded archways and circles in architecture. There’s just something about it… Hugs on the wing!

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  9. Dan Antion says :

    It’s a good day to feature this church. I really enjoy the mix of poetry and photography. The church is beautiful as are your words.

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  10. merrildsmith says :

    It’s so interesting that this was a synagogue first and then a church. Some of those attending the synagogue probably came from Ukraine, too.

    Stop war. Help. Pretty much says it all.

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  11. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Your poem and poetry form are excellent, Kerfe and fit that picture very well. This war is such a blight on human progress over the past 60 years or so. I saw Colleen’s challenge and decided it was to difficult to make up a form myself. Well done on doing it.

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  12. melaniereynolds says :

    I agree with everything said already, especially Ingrid’s comment. Every day I hope that it will stop and be in the favor of the Ukrainian people.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    That was excellent, Marta. Simplistic and very powerful. The pictures too are great.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful building, simple door, and powerful message, Kerfe. Your poem says it all.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. ben Alexander says :

    Line one repeats as line 2 in second verse and line 3 in third verse

    I noticed that before reading your instructions, Kerfe – and I love that each word has to be one syllable – that’s really powerful.


    Liked by 1 person

  16. msjadeli says :

    Wow that is a gorgeous church inside. You’d never guess all of that would be behind that unassuming door.

    Liked by 1 person

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