#WADOD – Day 11: March 11th 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 11.03.2019

‘there are six crows’


there are six crows in the swaying branches

of a mountain ash—


google tells me the tree is a pioneer species

but this is something of a Disney film—


each bird is facing north

perhaps because the breeze is in-coming


from that direction and it may be that crows

depend more than anyone


has ever realised on a sense of smell

but what do I know—hey what I do know


is that this steady freezing in-coming breeze

arriving from remote northern territories


brings uplift as one of the crows

does a one-eighty making all the others


suddenly glance nervously over

their shoulders they are thinking he’s my man


il duce—messiah—mein vater

he has them all by the scruff of their necks


now all the bridges are down


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