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Engraving by Bernhard Rode, c 1775
Photo by James Steakley, 2009. Wiki Commons
My friends let me down
and they vandalised the house.
I went through the roof –
deus ex machina (not).
Talk about vertiginous!
I felt suspended,
like those spies in Jericho
whom Rahab rescued.
Well, I was a stretcher case,
until Joshua –
this one – spoke to me.
I do believe that
He could make the sun stand still.
(My friends will repair the roof.)
A quennet- a form invented by Raymond
Queneau in 1975.
This is an Ekiphrastic poem, dealing with the
discussion of a visual work of art. It was commended
in the Ware Poetry Competition, judged by John Greening
and appears (ed) in the subsequent anthology.
It was inspired by a visit to The Sandham Memorial
Chapel at Burghclere, near Basingstoke, which Stanley
Spencer decorated with murals, depicting the
ordinariness of war, on The Home Front and in
Macedonia, where he served as a medical orderly.
The formatting is not quite right as WordPress
doesn’t allow me to centre and retain the spacing,
with the short noun phrases being centred beneath
the long line of 3 noun phrases. The 5 line interlude
with the syllable counts of 2-5 should also be centred….
Nevertheless, you’ll get the idea!
precious horses scavenging boar tortoise company
protective firebelt unravelled puttee distant Christ
Macedonian map heavenly tea wounded convoy
unravelled company Macedonian mosquito precious kitten