#WADOD – Day 7: March 7th 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 7.03.2019

‘days of over-turning the warmed earth’


days of over-turning the warmed earth

with a spade


each clod a rip in the moonlight

whether you propagate successfully or not


convalescent hours lost gazing into the woods

whether you see the trees


whether you see a particular tree

whether you find the snow falling there or not


hours spent carefully broadcasting lures

attempting long lines


choosing short lines

whether you deceive successfully or not


and cold nights ripened with strings of kisses

long kisses short kisses


whether you find them remotely arousing

or not a trouble of urgencies


in the speaking in the writing in the posting

of every comment whether


it’s read or not whether anyone likes or not

whether you accepted the cookies or not


whether the privacy agreement was signed or not

all the bridges are down


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