Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson
Harvest Full Moon

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Three for Thursday!

Epic

I have lived in important places, times
When great events were decided : who owned
That half a rood of rock, a no-man's land
Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.

I heard the Duffys shouting ‘Damn your soul’
And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen
Step the plot defying blue cast-steel -
‘Here is the march along these iron stones’.

That was the year of the Munich bother. Which
Was most important ? I inclined
To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind
He said : I made the Iliad from such
A local row. Gods make their own importance.

Patrick Kavanagh

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A lovely thing to see:
through the paper window's hole,
the Galaxy.

Issa


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The summer river:
although there is a bridge, my horse
goes through the water.

Masaoka Shiki

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