Thomas Traherne in the Orient

They shall look on Him whom they have pierced

clothed with the Southern Cross,

sun and moon on threaded rings,

hurrying, tarrying

 

they shall hear

the blue cough of leopards

on feast days

in the bridegroom's chamber

 

they shall tongue

such syllables

the unicorn will kneel

to the Buddha

 

they shall see

young men

flex like angels

in the gem-mines

 

they shall sense 

the seraphim

as elastic particles

rippling under haze

 

they shall dilate 

like donors

before the sea-wind

in the cinnamon tree

 

they will be

such felicitous dust

in the balance

they will unsuppose

 

the body.

 

from The Lady and the Hare: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2003), ? Pauline Stainer, used by permission of the author and the publisher

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