Leo Yankevich

Bronze Star - 2,210 Points (October 30,1961 / Farrell, Pennsylvania)

A Plurality Of Worlds - Poem by Leo Yankevich

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Intensities of pain—
of those once persecuted
and those once executed.

The scientific gain
belongs to us, but who knows
of Giordano Bruno’s

suffering on the square,
tongue-tied on cobble stone,
as he met fire alone?

Around him everywhere:
wine spilt amid the jeering,
grimaces and cheering,

squeals from a paederast,
smiles from thieving hawkers,
bishops, whores, and gawkers.

—“Into the Tiber, cast
his ashes! ” —could be heard,
“for every wicked word.”


Comments about A Plurality Of Worlds by Leo Yankevich

  • Patricia Grantham (3/31/2014 9:26:00 AM)


    Very intense and yet powerful write. I really felt the pains
    expressed here. Nice.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 13, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, May 30, 2011


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