Saturday, 19 June 2010

"On Heresy" by Alasdair Paterson

on heresy

stars come solitaries first
then a host like
pilgrims no crusaders

this rock that bleached
all day in the sun
still isn't white enough

do you prefer
the desert places or
the cities of the plain
I like best the view
of lights from up here

a breath of rosemary
perfection in the air
but the bridge is the devil's

Alasdair Paterson
the opening poem of On the Governing of Empires (Shearsman, 2010)

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