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||Edwin Drood's Column
||1 April 2013
|In Edwin's absence flows the poetry by Hugh Featherstone.|
|By any other name, II, IV
Though only one fool's heart would grieve
if history renamed this rose
and no thrones fall, nor cities starve
the blocks I laid I mortared well
no seam was left unpointed, chose
angelic wards to hold the spell
and charm my garden, firmly closed
its gate, still, fate slipped in between
now constellations intervene
whose order spoils enchanted ground
and this heart's theorems disprove
Yet greatness in the human mind
exalts that which the stars oppose
I may not rest till I have bound
the heavens, if on earth I'd love
nor all the zodiac combined
against that which my heart defends
shall turn me from my chosen ends
I'll with my lever planets move
From Bird under water, a selection of poems by Hugh Featherstone
© Hugh Featherstone
Another poem from this selection will appear next time the Drood's away.
The Bird under water homepage includes a foreword by Hugh Featherstone
and a linked list of the poems as they appear.
In his foreword Hugh writes that this poem "should send you running to your Shakespeare".
If you don't happen to have your copy of the bard's complete works to hand,
try one of these websites:
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. A website created by Jeremy Hylton,
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Open Source Shakespeare, at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, at Project Gutenberg.
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