#WADOD – Day 20: March 20th 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.1960s Graham and Elsie Hale - Winsley Rd

Wednesday 20.03.2019

‘now my bones take on the white of alyssum’


now my bones take on the white of alyssum

my bones

those mossy cushions in a grandfather’s front garden


my bones

though he’s long been in his grave

his daughter revives him without knowing how


his bones

time and again his bones where she sits in the morning sun

in the sun room

where the giant Scrabble board is stowed


his bones beside the giant ivory-coloured letter tiles

she will score twelve with the name of a flower


his bones a white perfume

her bones


my bones

trying to become an unobtrusive white bedding annual

an accident in the stonework of a bridge


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