Ghosts, 19 March

Ghost sun, ghost Osprey, ghost crabs and a broken tank, boy’s playful propaganda, I was a British Tommy or a cowboy. I owned a white and silver Lone Star rifle and a hand gun. I never owned a tank.

‘As of 9 a.m. on March 18, Ukraine’s military have also destroyed 1,448 armored personnel carriers, 879 vehicles, 450 tanks, 205 artillery systems, 60 fuel tanks, 72 multiple launch rocket systems, 112 helicopters, 93 planes, 43 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 12 unmanned aerial vehicles, and 3 boats.’’‘Ukraine’s military: Over 14,200 Russian troops have been killed since Feb. 24.’ [i]

The news doesn’t mention the fresh ghosts.

And Night bare hateful Doom and black Ker (violent death) and Death (Thanatos), and she bare Sleep and the tribe of Dreams. And again the goddess murky Night, though she lay with none, bare Blame and painful Woe, and the Hesperides who guard the rich, golden apples and the trees bearing fruit beyond glorious Ocean. Also she bare the Moirai (the Fates) and ruthless avenging Keres (Death-Fates). Hesiod[ii]

[i] March 18. Of course, news in war is propaganda.

[ii] Theogony 211, a poem by Hesiod (8th – 7th century BC) describing the origins and genealogies of the Greek gods, composed c. 730–700 BC.

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