Samuel Menashe

(September 16, 1925 – August 22, 2011 / New York City)

At Cross Purposes - Poem by Samuel Menashe

1
Is this writing mine
Whose name is this
Did I underline
What I was to miss?

2
An upheaval of leaves
Enlightens the tree
Rooted it receives
Gusts on a spree

3
Beauty makes me sad
Makes me grieve
I see what I must leave

4
Scaffold, gallows
Do whose will
Who hallows wood
To build, kill

5
Blind man, anvil
No hammer strikes
Your eyes are spikes


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 15, 2011



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