DUALITY, day 28 of A Month with Yeats

 

Day 28 of Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats and our quote today is: ‘I would that the Boar without bristles had come from the West and had rooted the sun and moon and stars out of the sky’ —W.B. Yeats

Jane’s blog of beauty is: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com

My poem is called DUALITY

 

And here

is where we battle

the truth;

east or west,

the sun’s heat

or the moon that spies

on our rest.

 

And here

is where our paths

divide;

the war to be won

or the human

we are fighting

to become.

 

And here

the Indian

draws the honor;

mild man stands

in the boar’s breath

with integrity

in hands.

 

And there

in the east

with helmet high;

fearless fighter

bares the beast

and blunders into battle

as bloody blighter.

 

Are we then

of both moon

and sun;

tied tightly

to burning planet

and that eye

watching nightly?

 

Can we

be honest

behind the armor;

can the blood

we gorged

be erased

by a single flood?

 

Can we

be both brave

and beast,

can we cry

for the famine

and still eat

at the feast?

 

Are we not

confusions caught

between the confines;

are we not stars

burning bright

like the sun

but in the falling night?

 

Are we born to be beasts

or born to brave the beast?

 

Let us be wild boars;

fearless

in the face

of our foe,

gregarious

in our greed

to grow.

 

All words and paintings by Damien B Donnelly

Audio version available on SoundCloud…

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6 thoughts on “DUALITY, day 28 of A Month with Yeats

  1. Jane Dougherty

    You really caught the spirit of the quote, I think. I especially like this image:
    are we not stars

    burning bright

    like the sun

    but in the falling night.

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