Great Death Gives Way

Great Death gives way
to violent wildness

Glittering roots, spreading their bronze
and copper histories
invade anise and coriander

The green reed wailing on the hill—
dismembered, blade by blade

Blazing jealous wind, a catalyst that renders
pyres of tender lilac blossoms

Magic Wildness
willful in her primordial sorcery

Carving empty enormities
in the lonely psyche of dawn

A freakish naked scar

Spinning the animal tribes
round and round

Glorious “amid lanes and through old woods”
clockwise and counter-clockwise turning

Eugenia Hepworth Petty, 2015

Remixed work:
A Poem Beginning with a Line by Pindar, by Robert Duncan