#WADOD – Day 27: March 27th 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.


Wednesday 27.03.2019

‘on well-marked ways’


on well-marked ways like little religious stations

you bring me through gates and over rocks


skirting the insignificant gravel beaches

(though these are good places to picnic)


and I lay odds you are stumbling on tree roots

worn to a shine by the boots of others


worn perhaps by the passage of my walking

last year—or that was forty years ago—


and for once I don’t mind the bright-dressed people

(perhaps it’s their way of not getting lost


their way of signalling a companionship)

though today they are oblivious of me


so for me no more of that awkward nodding

or worse the awkward anticipation of a nod


that does not take place—do you remember

how the likelihood of acknowledgement


depends on altitude—the higher you climb

the more likely it is—this path is low and busy


as a city park—and so many bridges are down

still you go on—you imagine a sure way round


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