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Aceldama

Greg Delanty

    We drove down what seemed the curve
    of the earth, sandwiched in our Ford Anglia.
    We were happy as the colours of our beachball,
    a careless car full of mirth and singalong songs,
    songs that were mostly as sappy
    as the soppy tomato sandwiches sprinkled with sand,
    which is why they're called sandwiches our father said,
    sandwiched himself now in the ground between his mother
    and ours. What's the meaning of the dead?
    Which one of us children asked that as we passed
    the spot with the lit steel cross on Carr's Hill,
    putting the kibosh on the next song,
    our mother about to break into Beautiful City?
    She crossed herself, saying that's the place they bury
    those whose lives somehow went wrong, betrayed
    in one way or other, without a song to their names,
    or a name, everyone buried together
    and alone without a headstone.
    The crepuscular loneliness of the field
    shrouded our bright time. Our world,
    the city below, shimmered like the silver pieces
    scattered on the dark floor of the temple.
Taken from 'Collected Poems 1986 - 2006'...
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