Monday, September 19, 2005

Irregular Noises, Haste

Were you a goddess from Olympian heights
Or someone's sister from the neighbourhood
You still might not have fully understood
The meaning of the subtle appetites
And strange, irregular noises and sights
I have described to you. Perhaps you should
Wait; expect the arrival of Birnam Wood;
Exercise caution; watch; assert your rights.

Perhaps you should, this time, expect the worst,
Expect discouragement, distress, and waste,
Unpleasantness and cruelty, rehearsed
And then performed, all in the poorest taste.
I did not mean to frighten you at first,
Or calm you, but perhaps I spoke in haste.

Our Hearts, part 4


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