#WADOD – Day 18: March 18th 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.


Monday 18.03.2019

‘O twitterstorm’

after Mahadeviyakka 


O twitterstorm

of geese across the placid lake

beside the new-varnished boats for hire by the hour

don’t you know


he would watch for chalky smudges in the blue sky

beyond the aerials

above the broken rooftiles don’t you know


those revelatory diaries in the attic undiscovered

each remembering

more than he could recall don’t you know


above the plaster-boarded ceiling the light rose

above the crackling nylon sheets

above her weary limbs don’t you know


above her slack-muscled limbs wrapped in his arms

the local station playing

all the bridges down


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