#WADOD – Day 4: March 4th 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.


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Monday 4.03.2019

‘how you order’


how you order then sip your flat white with care

or diesel with care or cling film


or eat responsibly sourced seafood with care

red meat or bottled carbonated water


you dispose of in the bins provided with care

with care what you have locked away


what you have stowed in the understairs cupboard

how you travel by land sea and air with care


then insist on being used by the language with care

with care discoursing with friends


when touching friends and your extended family

with care your actions


have a care and your reactions with care

with a passionate care where possible your politics


how you govern or set out to work

or choose how and who you play with tomorrow


with care I mean take care not forgetting

all the bridges are down


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4 thoughts on “#WADOD – Day 4: March 4th 2019

  1. Not sure about the accusatory ‘you’ Isn’t it a ‘we’ though less forceful and might inadvertently imply community?


    • Hi Kathleen – thanks for your comment – I see your point about the accusatory nature of the 2nd person pronoun. Not sure I intended it to be strongly so though – the ‘you’ being used as it often is in poems to also imply the person speaking. In my mind the tone is one of warning more than accusation and I probably do want to draw some allusions towards a shared community of concern. Perhaps the poems shifts its ground from the more confrontational ‘have a care’ to the more concerned ‘take care’ at the end.


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