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The Partitioned Wailing Wall - Part Two

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The Partitioned Wailing Wall - Part Two

              Part Two

                     one by one numbered they falter
   stricken              parted
mother from unborn still-born
ravaged lover from brother
    now huddled they go
up the altar
              now a grey veil
to bind the blush of brides
   wan and bent
voyaging through no-man’s water
to weak to feel even pain

O for a job, a job
   to keep me going
       to fatten my woman
to draw a pension

And while we are waiting
               Give me leave, my Captain
Give me leave
       to go upon the shore
for the sails do droop and flop
            in the shrouded past and I
may no longer see the breast
              of my tarnished home-born door

Kritik der Urteilskraft

Are we all agreed on this point
Then clear the court for the Queen Mother
Yesterday's sister science

Throw out the precedents, no, not that one
Dust those three long buried in Königsberg

And remember, always remember

Here are no laws, make your own
If the wind will not favour you
Then tear down the sails
If physics will hamper you
Then paddle your way through

    Here are no laws, only, you
You must go on and on

That's all that's left for you
Give no quarter
Discount not your enemies
Always on and on

Here are no laws

© T. Wignesan, 1957 (from the collection: tell them i'm gone, 1983)

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  1. Date: 5/30/2012 11:32:00 AM
    soupmail :)

  1. Date: 5/30/2012 8:32:00 AM
    I, also, have worn that banner, 'handle with care.' Please know, T., in my comments to you, I mean no offense at all. I am not sure what you mean about another meaning to one of my comments, what could that be? hmmm. Just know, I mean no offense. I think you are an awesome poet, and I would not insult you. EGW back at ya! Hugs, Catie :)

    Wignesan Avatar T Wignesan
    Date: 5/30/2012 10:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    To allay your doubts, I must say right out I know you didn't mean it any other way. It was I who unnecessarily left things open. I'm new to this wonderful site where everybody appears to be on loving terms with one another. Apologies. Wignesan
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey
    Date: 5/30/2012 8:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    i did it again, didn't i? yes. I mean it seems you have done a lot of traveling. I know I am often a bit abstract, but I am harmless. Hugs, catie :)
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey
    Date: 5/30/2012 8:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    when i used the word 'wanderings,' I used it only as a reference to the many places your life has taken you. you seem to be a well traveled man. and Thank You for the GW's. Hugs, Catie :)