PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;

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Kathryn Shinko was born in 1987 and is currently a graphic design major at the University of Akron, but writing was her first love. In 2002 she participated in the Ohio Power of the Pen Competition for young writers and won second place in the state. Her other interests are gardening, reading, singing, sewing, and playing with her dog Buddy.



 

Cossacks

Some furrow-faced, some
With mustaches exactly like horse-tails.
They look like stuffed dolls in costumes,
With red-painted cheeks and fiery ears.

I know one as he
Smells of horses, whose ornaments
Hang like a shop’s spiced meats.
I know his blunt fingers, little black hooves
Dragging twilight into dawn.

Yet the bulging bodies beneath
Are unmistakably
Restless.
All in a row of black and red.
Long cloaks trace
Figure-eights along the ground.
And their feet are hammers.
Their chests are barrels of gunpowder.
Their swords curve up, long and hard,
In the most wicked silver desire.

In their faces I can hear
The sound of blood.

(6/10/08)

"The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan of Turkey" by Ilya Repin