Dannie Abse Poems

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1.
In the Theatre

Sister saying—‘Soon you'll be back in the ward,'
sister thinking—‘Only two more on the list,'
the patient saying—‘Thank you, I feel fine';
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2.
The Old Gods

The gods, old as night, don't trouble us.
Poor weeping Venus! Her pubic hairs are grey,
and her magic love girdle has lost its spring.
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3.
Not Adlestrop

Not Adlestrop, no - besides the name
hardly matters. Nor did I languish in June heat.
Simply, I stood, too early, on the empty platform,
and the wrong train came in slowly, surprised, stopped.
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4.
A Heritage

A heritage of a sort.
A heritage of comradeship and suffocation.
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5.
Epithalamion

Singing, today I married my white girl
beautiful in a barley field.
Green on thy finger a grass blade curled,
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6.
Snake

When the snake bit
Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa
while he was praying
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7.
Song for Pythagoras

White coat and purple coat
a sleeve from both he sews.
That white is always stained with blood,
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8.
The Water Diviner

Late, I have come to a parched land
doubting my gift, if gift I have,
the inspiration of water
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9.
X Ray

Some prowl sea-beds, some hurtle to a star
and, mother, some obsessed turn over every stone
or open graves to let that starlight in.
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10.
Last Words

Splendidly, Shakespeare's heroes,
Shakespeare's heroines, once the spotlight's on,
enact every night, with such grace, their verbose deaths.
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