Friday, 30 April 2021

Kjell Espmark: 'Jag är tyrannen'

I am the tyrant Ardiaius

who was flayed

and impaled on a gorse bush.

But my end was so precisely etched

by a wily champion

that it gained features of a beginning..

And my gaze is so fixed

on what man can do to his fellow-man

that the world will never escape me.

The thoughts swarming inside the helmet

find their way into the heads of the living.




1 comment:

John Irons said...

(* ασπάλαθος = spiny broom. The Greek myth is recounted in Plato’s Republic and the death of Ardiaius is described in a poem by George Seferis ‘On Gorse’)