Biographical Poetry posted March 2, 2024

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Alexei Navalny's Funeral

by Debbie D'Arcy

They grieved in brave alliance
honouring his stance -
an echo of defiance.



Verse form: Ukiah (Reverse haiku in 7-5-7 format with monorhyme)

Image: courtesy of Google free pics; information sources: internet reports including Sky News.

Navalny's mother fought hard to have her son's body finally released and then have the funeral service held in his choice of the Russian Orthodox Church.

On Friday 1 March 2024, despite threats of arrest, they came in their thousands to honour a colossus of a man who had touched a chord with so many in Russia who opposed Putin's rule.

They knew they wouldn't get into the church but wanted to be there for the ceremony before walking the 30 minutes to the cemetery in the hope they would also have their chance to say goodbye. Along the way, unique to the pain and emotion of the day, they chanted:

"We will not forgive," "We thank the parents for their son," "Navalny our hero!" and "Putin is a murderer!"

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