The Works of Chalen Tretiakova

Не Твоя Війна (Not Your War)

I was thinking back about a Ukrainian boyfriend I once had who taught me many things. Of these things, he was passionate about the future of his Fatherland. He also introduced me to one of my favourite bands who are big in Ukraine, Okean Elzy.

Their latest single is very controversial here apparently, as even my roommate asked me about it when she got home the other day and I was playing it loud in the flat.

Hope it speaks to you as well as it did me.


“Tree branches bending to the pool

Mommy, what god were we praying to?

How many more will be taken now?

Your kids…someone else’s war.”


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