Friday, November 6, 2009

A very special Perseus PSF

Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
Or sow my salt seed
In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

The majesty and burning of the child's death.
I shall not murder
The mankind of her going with a grave truth
Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
With any further
Elegy of innocence and youth.

Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,
Robed in the long friends,
The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
Secret by the unmourning water
Of the riding Thames.
After the first death, there is no other.

To honour the heroic work of our own Perseus, I post one of his favourites.

Pers, may all your romantic disasters be amusing in hindsight.


Perseus said...

Dylan Thomas heads my 20th century list of 'Most Beautiful Use of English'.

Thank you for the dedication.

WitchOne said...


That's the first ever PSF poem I've ever read more than the first line of each paragraph.