#WADOD – Day 21: March 21st 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.


Thursday 21.03.2019




like a falling flower-print cotton dress

has dropped its round spoor

in the silence onto the bedroom floor



like the moment one who has been reading

instructions on propagation

understands and the room blooms with light



like an ascending sun-lit valley mist

has eaten its way through all appearances

to substitute its own luminous idea



like the salt-wetness breaking bounds in my eyes

in an original participation

I lean over and touch what is there

my hand passing through what I thought was there all along



in an instant it is clear all the bridges are down

how can I speak to anybody about that


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