#WADOD – Day 6: Ash Wednesday 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.


Ash Wednesday 6.03.2019

‘the six-pack on the side of the bus’

after Basavanna


the six-pack on the side of the bus is a god

the hair care the jade earring


the clock is a sinister impassive god

for the ancients rumour was a kind of god


the data set the next level my mobile phone

with its lure of a liquid retina screen


the purity of product the window display

are all gods and the parking assist the speed


of delivery the hemp tote bag are gods

the ill-proof-read prize-winning plaque is a god


WIFI is a god when we curse its absence

and tell me when did difference become a god


and of identity we have made a god

whatever is shredded or faked or redacted


is a god and what is tortured is always a god

so many gods O there are so many gods


so little space left to put my feet

so long ago I lost a place to lay my head


all the bridges down


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