The following poem was written by a 16-year-old Ukrainian student, Oleksii Buznitskyi, from Kyiv, Ukraine. He plays the piano and attends Matrix Academy, a virtual synchronous school in Toronto, in addition to his Ukrainian school, in order to receive dual high school diplomas.
Matrix Academy hosted poet Alice Burdick through Poetry In Voice‘s Poet in Class program. In her workshop, Oleksii wrote a poem about his experience fleeing his city under open fire, and he also wrote about the heart wrenching experience of having to say goodbye to his piano. Oleksii has been forced to leave the Ukraine for his safety, but he continues to study for both of his high school diplomas during this violent invasion of his country.
I’m Sorry, but this is my goodbye, at least for now.
I am really far away from you, at least for now.
I am starting to forget how to play that melody
that you like me to play, at least for now.
I am starting to forget this feeling
in my fingers to play you, at least for now,
but I will never forget the life that you gave me,
at least never in my life.
Вибач за це, але це моє прощання, принаймні на даний момент.
Я дійсно далеко від тебе, принаймні на даний момент.
Я починаю забувати як грати ту мелодію яку ти любиш щоб я грав, принаймні на даний момент.
Я починаю забувати це почуття в пальцях щоб грати тебе, принаймні на даний момент,
але я ніколи не забуду життя яке ти дало мені, принаймні ніколи в моєму житті.