We talked a bit about Tony McNeill’s poetry and the need for a definitive edition of his collected poems, and then, he offered me this poem about Barack Obama that I am pleased to share on this blog.
Thank you, Mervyn, for this gift.
Let No Harm
I pray no harm comes to this man
walking along a lonely stretch of road
that the bandits with ideas of robbing him
retreat upon seeing his face, and hearing him
calculate the size of the world.
He has traveled long on the way to the market,
the junction where the barterers come with mules
and millet, the harvest of their labor.
They have heard he has enough resources
to redeem the debts of sufferers,
That into his clothes are sewn pockets
that hold the weight of coins minted
in the currency of every country.
He has been coming for years, redoubling
through villages where curtains part to fling
yet another message. And now he counts
on the mercy of the stars, that he has not
read them wrong, that the people
who have come to trade have not grown
impatient, and packed up and gone.
Geoffrey, Thanks for sharing that!
Dave, this was a pleasure--one of the many of being a blogger.
Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Mervyn for this.
Rethabile, the minute I read it, I knew I had to publish it.
Thank you for the confirmation.
Geoffrey - Thanks for sharing the poem by Mervyn Taylor. This election season has been phenomenal with art inspired by President Elect Barack Obama. It's been happening with quilters as well. On my blog, I've tried to capture quilts inspired by the election. Just marvelous. Wonder if someone will edit a book on poems about the election and its hope?
I, too, have been amazed by the creativity that he has unleashed...I hope we will have an anthology. It would be great!
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