VxPoem ID: 6650
Posted: October 11th. 2004 8:07:35 AM
The Cross-Piece Idol
by Jemma Hawtrey
Age Group: Adult
The Cross-Piece Idol
Cracked and aged your arms stand
Whilst you hang on wall; the all
Enjoined to worship you – stand
A’fearing of their dark fall
Your wood part burnt and pitted; stands
As in past it cruelly held those hands;
Of saviour, the living standing dead,
Silent and thence renewed
Now gone to distant unknown lands
And we, who look, look so told
Of he who walked once in days of old; his hands
To the myriad lost hearts of His lands
But now we go all drifting abed
A fear of future dancing in the head; the men
Who held your esteem most high; write with poison pen
So others who know you not must cruelly die
And thus to you I turn my back
To listen thence to jaded hack; he enthuses
And he squats on another’s lack; as her life she looses
So my book will be fine natures bark; the sap to be my pen
And my will be that I write of Her light & dark;
To better lance your dark and aging bitter Wen.
For we both stand on different courses set; yours of the way
The one to abjure and one to give free let;
Just as I who greet the day;
And those alike will preside over future’s play
©Copyright Durin ab Iceni (Jon Marriage) 11/10/04 12:28.
Author's Notes: Wen : An old word for a growth usually of malodourous character. Nowadays a similar characterisation would be a cancer or something similar. In former times, and indeed currently in some countries a birthmark could be seen as a Wen.
I am not sure as to the words provenance, it may be a dialect word, although the little I know of it seems to indicate it was at least present in east anglia and the midlands, it might therefore be a corruption of an OE or ME derivation...?
Author's Location: Colchester, England
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