Dick Davis


Dick Davis Poems

1. A Monorhyme for the Shower 1/3/2003
2. Shadows 1/3/2003
3. Uxor Vivamus 1/3/2003
4. Aubade 1/3/2003
5. A Translator's Nightmare 1/3/2003
6. Memories of Cochin 1/3/2003
7. Touring a Past 1/3/2003
8. Iran Twenty Years Ago 1/3/2003
9. Guides for the Soul 1/3/2003
10. Baucis and Philemon 1/3/2003
11. The Jigsaw 1/3/2003
12. Desert Stop at Noon 1/3/2003

Iran Twenty Years Ago

Each summer, working there, I’d set off for
The fabled cities – Esfahan, Kashan,
Or Ecbatana, where Hephaestion died,
The poets’ towns – Shiraz and Nayshapour,
Or sites now hardly more than villages
Lapped by the desert, Na’in or Ardestan . . .

Their names now mean a dusty backstreet somewhere
Empty and silent in the vivid sunlight,

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