I saw as they led
my children away.
To slaughter. One by one. I saw the sharp terror in the eyes of my daughter. As the master grabbed her by the scruff of the neck with a hand — skillful and rough. He severed her head and laid it out in the sun. To dry. I chewed on the grass. Didn’t avert my eye from her still-open eyes — glossy and dead. I said: Daughter-sheep, they are people. They know not what they do. Their hearts are crowded and pity doesn’t fit. So, rest in peace, my daughter. And may you be blessed while they eat.
Yana Djin was born in 1969, in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1980, she emigrated to the United States where she studied philosophy. Her first book of poetry “Bits And Pieces of Conversations” was published in the US in 1994. In 2000, Yana Djin’s book of poetry (in English & Russian) “Inevitable” was published in Moscow. She lives in New York.