Shrove Tuesday - emulated cento, T S Eliot
He disappeared in the dead of winter;
death, in a dark, in a deep, in a dream forever
and said nothing of 'the life after death'
and when the Fool and the Blind Man stole the bread -
the girth of it and the wharf of it and the wall -
from out the house there comes the dullest flutter
frail and sad, with gray bowed head
aggrieving the sapless limbs, the shorn and shaken.
A dog barks; the hammock swings; he lies
no farther advanced than in his ancient furies.
No, it is we, soaring, explore galaxies
with an osculation of yellow light, with a glory like chrysanthemums
lichen-alive, governed in gametosporous colonies
towards the quick-water, wrinkling and rippling
quietly as snow on the bare boughs of bone.
Angels are at the door: admit them, now.
1 W H Auden, In Memory of W B Yeats http://www.poets.org/
2 George Barker, Sonnet of Fishes http://www.flickr.com/photos/
3 Ezra Pound, Canto XIII http://www.poemhunter.com/
4 W B Yeats, The Circus Animals' Desertion http://ireland.wlu.edu/
5 Gerald Manley Hopkins, The Wreck of the Deutschland http://www.bartleby.com/122/4.
6 Harold Monro, Bitter Sanctuary https://tspace.library.
7 D H Lawrence, End of Another Home Holiday http://jonathan.beaton.name/
8 John Crowe Ransom, Dead Boy http://www.poemtree.com/poems/
9 Allen Tate, Idiot http://www.poemhunter.com/
10 Richard Eberhart, The Fury of Aerial Bombardment http://allpoetry.com/poem/
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11 William Empsom, Camping out http://www.flickr.com/photos/
12 Louis MacNeice, An Ecologue for Christmas http://www.flickr.com/photos/
13 Charles Madge, Lusty Juventus http://www.flickr.com/photos/
14 Theodore Roethke, The Lost Son http://ninaalvarez.net/2007/
15 R S Thomas, Song for Gwydion http://www.markcwyman.com/
16 Michael Roberts, Assault of Angels http://rachel.moss.tripod.com/