#WADOD – Day 22: March 22nd 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 22.03.2019

‘after the spinning’


after the spinning of the deliberately slowed download

the newly re-built forecourt


after the attic space being cleared in the absence

of both your parents


after you had unearthed the urn containing her ashes

the clingfilm runs out


after the blackening of London’s billions of bricks

after the whine of the delicates wash


after the fallen stock van arrives at the foot of the valley

after it winches two sheep corpses


up its ramp one hank of blown wool remaining

in the lay-by to cast a pall


over the next six hours

after her learning how to balance on two wheels


after learning to cross the road safely

after the square root and the route of the vagus


after her parents’ row behind the steering wheel

after the announcement about who she must love


after this and still finding bridges down

after all this to find a sense of water running still


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