Lay for the Day
Edward Gibbon, the historian of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,
was born on 27th April 1737 in Putney, Surrey. After Britain adopted the
Gregorian calendar in 1752, he took to celebrating his birthday on 8th
the book of Praises:
In the small hours of a century,
the hours of intrigue, compromise,
the spring of the shy, stubborn dogrose,
the clear July of fragile poppies
ashame our mud and frost from the page.
Where hindsight rolls its
prospect of rise
and decline, we cant walk anyway.
There were yet to be born; before us
on the perplexed horizon, were dead.
The wind buckles the map in our hands
that handled the tiller or
the trigger. Historys bearing down
like the thunderbird: some see the brows
or wings, and some the jabberwock beak
with a mixed metaphors saw-toothed edge.
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