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Easter 1991 Analysis

Author: poem of Debora Greger Type: poem Views: 14

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Easter 1991

All changed, changed utterly:

A terrible beauty is born.


Something has rolled from its cave

      and under the fence

of the Botanic Garden, onto the sidewalk:

      a handful of thorns,

their hour come and gone, a hedgehog half-risen,

      dead leaves cast off—

see the place where it lay in the underbrush,

      a sleepy grenade?

Now it drowses in the open, back from the dead

      of English winter,

stunned by the dizzying half-warm sun.

      The stone rolled away.

Two men all in white stood by the tomb—

      if I've seen them,

I haven't known them for what they were,

      young men from the next island

passing for young men here, the gray ones

      down on their luck, perhaps,

who've eked enough for a pint and a game

      of darts at the local pub.

Somewhere, in a potting shed, something waits

      to be transformed utterly—

bags of fertilizer, lengths of pipe—

      into a homemade bomb.

A briefcase left at the railway station,

      a pane of glass

sent flying by the blast, a shattered rain

      on the chosen "soft target"—

this is the beauty of terror, the glass

      in the midst of all

the terrorist knows, who calls the radio station

      from Her Majesty's pay phone.

Minute by minute a timer ticks

      for ambushed husband,

gun-running priest. Why do you seek the living

      among the dead? Come see

the place where he lay, then go quickly.

      Do not be terrified.

Rough beast that bristled at the suggestion

      that it move—

for its thorns we cast lots.

      It played dead,

rolled into a ball you rolled under the fence

      back into winter,

your palm pierced for your trouble.

      We have bowed

at its feet, the leathery dark

      of the dead.

We could not number all its spines.

Submitted by C. Dale Young


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I'm glad you're about to see your two best friends! I hope you girls have a wndoerful time, take lots of great pictures and make lots of good memories! :-D And I'm also glad you quit smoking, a lot of people fail to do so! One of the nastiest habbits ever, my brother in law is trying to quit all the time but he never pulls through, sadly. I hope he eventually does though. Have a great christmas! :-)

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest

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Glad you liked it! Debora Greger's translation apaerps in two books, both worth checking out: first in "Horace:The Odes: New translations by contemporary poets (Princeton: 2005)and in Gregor's collection "Men, Women, And Ghosts" (Penguin Books: 2008). I enjoyed Horace's Satires, translated by William Matthews (Ausable Press: 2002) very much. x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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What a beautiful falmiy, and a beautiful blog. My little girl just turned 2 years in February and it feels like just yesterday that she was 2 months like your Johannes! So precious!

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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