Erato, Muse of Poetry
|Poetry on Time
Two Poems from Slow Time
This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future's
Uninvited timekeepers presented arms.
This was the moment when nothing
Happened. Only dull peace
Sprawled boringly over the earth.
This was the moment when even energetic Romans
Could find nothing better to do
Than counting heads in remote provinces.
And this was the moment
When a few farm workers and three
Members of an obscure Persian sect
Walked haphazard by starlight straight
Into the kingdom of heaven.
U. A. Fanthorpe (born in 1929, London)
Slow Time: 100 Poems to Take You There
Edited by Niall MacMonagle,
Marino Books, Dublin, 2000, p. 160.
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