#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.

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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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#WADOD – Day 2: March 2nd 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.
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Saturday 2.03.2019

‘before the doctor asks to examine my water’

to the Rt. Hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell

 

before the doctor asks to examine my water

before I can piss in the bottle provided

before my skin goes up in flames

before I can’t turn

over in bed

 

before the frequently inexplicable dizzy spells

before the morning after

the drunken night before

 

before the chocolateicecreamhalfpoundofbutter binge

sluiced into the toilet

before the drag and ache of the cast iron anchor

from left nipple to upper left arm

before the silica crystals

hatched in my hip

before the on-set of my swollen gouty foot

 

before my male companion with his longer stride

makes it impossible

for me to keep up with him

before the pavement leaps up towards me

makes sickening contact with my right cheek

 

before the paramedics in their green uniforms

before I am lifted bodily into the air

like fallen stock

I remember

what I briefly forgot to remember of course

 

all the bridges are down

 

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