John Blight

(30 July 1913 - 1995 / South Australia / Australia)

The Captive

This toil-free moment moves me to dissent –
there are no hours of freedom, since the mind
is no more able, of its natural bent,
to speak with accents carefree, unconfined
by craven thoughts; but it must choose
those syllables which meaning often lose
through their propinquity to common sense.
Prosaic patter of the people, whence
Poetry must free the patient word,

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