Friday, January 13, 2006

In Memoriam (and Layton poem), blog entry, Jan 06

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In Memoriam: Irving Layton 1912-2006
posted by Brian Campbell at 11:31 PM

AGAINST THIS DEATH

I have seen respectable
death
served up like bread and wine
in stores and offices,
in club and hostel,
and from the streetcorner
church
that faces
two-ways;
I have seen death
served up
like ice.

Against this death,
slow, certain:
the body,
this burly sun,
the exhalations
of your breath,
your cheeks
rose and lovely,
and the secret
life
of the imagination
scheming freedom
from labour
and stone.

-- Irving Layton

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