#WADOD – Day 5: March 5th 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.

drone-perimeter-fence-prison-e1518107076378Tuesday 5.03.2019

‘I find oval breasts’

after Devara Dasimayya


I find oval breasts

and long hair approaching

I sniff the scent of perfume

call it a woman


I find a shovel-shaped beard

broad shoulders

a stance splayed like scissors

I call it a man


but look closer

consider these creatures

that hover between

neither man nor woman


welcome at last welcome

this is no complaint

to a younger brother

all sisters and brothers


I find a gigantic crowd

with my five senses

all sisters and brothers

I know a host of angels


turning to each other

singing I see barbed wire

on the perimeter

all the bridges down


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