Hugh Sykes Davies

(1909-1984 / Yorkshire, England)

Decline of Phæthon


i 40-Phæthon’s
leash more suns
for caravan
with your body’s-span
more zodiac’s bears
than eye unbars
show-crabs and goats
than telescopes
yet must decline
in rounded time
of 40 suns
I, — Phæthon’s!

and suffer this preferment
because you pierce dreams
because you overhang
night’s snarl with body’s-fang
see where my blood
streams
in the firmament

Experiment, No. 3 (May 1929), 39.

Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Edited: Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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