My name is Leah. I live and write in Wellington, New Zealand. Welcome!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Poem: 'For Kevin Ireland' by James K Baxter

Friend, if you have strength to praise
The lion-head incubus
That grips your life and mine within
It's strict Egyptian maze,
Expect no lessening of pain,
Easy bed among the lies
And coffee house adulteries,
Only that your words will live.
Cut with ink of vitriol
These words upon a living brow -
I am by force of blood and star
One of the maimed immortals who
Tread a pathway to the fire
Where affliction makes them whole.

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  1. Baxter at his finest! I love poetry that addresses another - it is so personal, so intimate, so powerful. Thanks for sharing, Leah :)

  2. 'where affliction makes them whole'... so true. a very cheering poem for all those trying to speak the truth as they see it.

  3. great opening - draws you right in. when pulled off this kind of poetry can be personal but also kind of universal at the same time. Check that apostrophe in the fourth line, eh? Not sure it's meant to be there. I thought it was a smudge on my screen but then I double-checked... :) I love that image of the strict Egyptian maze.