you tyrants do defeat

A sonnet for the people of Ukraine.

I borrowed the quotes in the opening and closing lines of my poem from Cassius’s final lines in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

They just felt so apropos for the moment in Ukraine albeit a bit out of context from Cassius’s intentions for my own selfish poetic purposes… insider humor, sorry.

I truly hope you enjoy this poem… and it helps affect your feelings about the atrocities occurring in Ukraine. And perhaps even encourage you to do more than offer platitudes on social media.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions in the Comments Section below.

-PS Conway ☘ ☘ ☘

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you tyrants do defeat

(a sonnet for the people of Ukraine)

“Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong…”

You make their hearts resolved to embrace love,

To disregard the petty shards along

Such shrapnel-paved paths, cast down from above;

You take their hearts and forge a gate, iron bars

To concentrate their love, to consecrate

That which is sacred, their newfound north stars:

Home, friends, family… ne’er shall they abdicate;

You shape their hearts, ye gods, and thus provide

A holy tide, a tidal wave of battle

Cries, against those tyrants you justified

To slaughter them in your names like cattle;

Thus unified, afire with righteous heat,

“…Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat.”


  1. Such a tribute to the battles being fought by the Ukrainian people! I love these lines…“You take their hearts and forge a gate” and “Home, friends, family, ne’er shall they abdicate” I pray for the people of Ukraine.

  2. Deeply detailed and forged in strength 🖤 Your words are incredibly put together. Thank you for sharing and keeping the support of the Ukraine people in the forefront.

  3. Unfortunately the tidal wave of emigration has created a new North star in Poland as Putin puts invisible bars around their homeland. Very eloquent Pat!

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