#WADOD – Day 1: March 1st 2019

Works and Days of Division – 29 poems by Martyn Crucefix

Drawing on two disparate sources, this sequence of mongrel-bred poems has been written to respond to the historical moment in this most disunited kingdom. Hesiod’s Works and Days – probably the oldest poem in the Western canon – is a poem driven by a dispute between brothers. The so-called vacana poems originate in the bhakti religious protest movements in 10-12th century India. Through plain language, repetition and refrain, they offer praise to the god, Siva, though they also express personal anger, puzzlement, even despair. Dear reader – if you like what you find here, please share the poems as widely as you can (no copyright restrictions). Or follow this blog for future postings. Bridges need building.


Friday 1.03.2019

‘like crimes woven into the weft’


like crimes woven into the weft of a tee-shirt

waiting on the reduced rail


like the shape of the skull no-one remarks

in the flushed cheek of a new-born


like envy buried for years in the black heart

of expressed admiration


like sunshine that is really the withering night

poured onto soil where wheat grows


like the million tonnes of water lying interred

beneath the City of London


like a bank of cloud and the gathering of more clouds

above Threadneedle Street


so it is—in and around and over and above—

all the bridges are down


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4 thoughts on “#WADOD – Day 1: March 1st 2019

  1. […] The third poem contains memories of the Canary Islands – the island of Gomera, much more of a tourist haunt now than it was back then – and of the English Lakes in the fictional waterfall of Swirl Force, surely a version of the (again much-visited) Aira Force, beside Ullswater Lake (the same lake that recently featured in the concluding poems of my blog-posted but as yet unpublished sequence ‘Works and Days of Division). […]


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