#WADOD – Day 14: March 14th 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.


Thursday 14.03.2019

‘with hardly a sufficient reason’

‘each life balanced on the promissory wing of politics’


with hardly a sufficient reason

and without much reflection

on the nature of the multitude of needs I have

I occupy a priority seat


I travel westwards filled with a sense of direction

of assured purpose

though at 100 miles an hour

I find myself heading west as surely

as I am heading to the knocking of death


yet this is routine this is my common purpose

I’m travelling to visit my mother in the care home

where she has lived for two years


but I will have to relinquish my place

to the one who sidles up the aisle towards me

with her obviously greater needs

one who stands looking down at a wriggling child


all the bridges are down


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