David Plantinga Poems

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1.
Agamemnon

King Agamemnon raised a wind
When the whole fleet had lain becalmed.
He'd sacrificed, and hadn't qualmed.
From horror he could not rescind.
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2.
Dregs

Although that shadow's tread was light
And its cold presence absence massed,
A darker darkness to contrast,
A hole in the black cloak of night,
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3.
A Feigned Remorse

You're crying out against your sin
Because you're standing on the shore
Aware your guilt is so much more
Than your acknowledged ramekin.
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4.
Innocence Wronged

Not everyone who suffers sins,
Yet blessed with a long life, I've strayed
An ingrate and a renegade,
And condign punishment begins.
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5.
The Scaup

The scaup is searching for a shore
To build her nest, a lonely beach,
Or rocky cliff no fox can reach.
Egg-gobblers and roosting mothers war.
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6.
Auguries

The ancients put tremendous matters
On oracles and auguries.
When godhood speaks, the priest agrees.
Glib cunning fails when trouble batters.
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7.
Cassandra

He's cruel and stupid, and ignores
His omened doom, pronounced, decreed,
And mine with his, no ranted screed.
Though I must speak, I pray it bores.
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8.
Kalends

According to astrology,
The stars arrange themselves to bind
The destinies of humankind
Born under their hegemony.
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9.
Chaff And Ballast

My heart is sinking down like lead
Within my chest, and recent grief
Is poisoning my past belief,
Fading, if not discredited.
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10.
Scales

A sinner cannot test his weight
By stepping on God's awful scale.
However light, however frail,
His body can't equilibrate
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