Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Reckoning
My life dates from the day of my father's death
When I lay weeping and it was not for him.
Now I am to continue the degenerescence
Until I enter his dream.
There is nothing a drink cannot settle at forty Or money at fifty,
the cure of all is death.
But all lovers can remember a moment When they were not alone.

C.H.Sisson"In the Trojan Ditch" Collected Poems and Selected Translations
Carcanet Press 1974.

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