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Emmanuel George Cefai

(12th March 1955 / Victoria, Gozo)

The Hedgehog's Funeral


The Hedgehog's Funeral

the funeral of the hedgehog
stretched over the pyre
over the burning fire
and
the squirrel, the mouse,
the cat, the dog bearers were
amidst a line of other
hedgehogs passed:
and it was night for
that was the time fixed for the funeral:
and high above stretched still and
tall the oaks, the elms, the firs,
silent the moon, silent the wild stars,
yet all pitying and sad:
away with Dawn, all declination
now,
no looking forth, no freshness needed,
no, no Dawn:
the funeral of the hedgehog
stretched over the pyre
over the burning fire
the night
this night

Submitted: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Edited: Friday, October 25, 2013

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  • Daniel Y. (2/5/2014 7:04:00 PM)

    Great poem. I don't even know what about it I liked. Many of the sentences do not appear impressive to me, and yet the whole piece fit well together as a whole. I really enjoyed this poem, please read some of mine! (Report) Reply

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