What is to be done about the axe em­bed­ded in the mind?

Domus - - POETRY -

in the end, it was all an old wives tale and the one about the wood-cut­ter was the biggest lie of all the wood-cut­ter was no wood-cut­ter just an or­di­nary man, and the god who granted him axes—gold, sil­ver and bronze, in re­ward for his hon­esty was only an im­per­son­ation by a myth­i­cal sucker who had cut down the whole for­est de­stroyed an­i­mals, birds, flow­ers and fruits he was blood­thirsty, a man on the run be­cause he had put the for­est in dan­ger and the world was after him and the only means to get away from all this was to find an­other naive, gullible man, one who would always swal­low the tale of the wood-cut­ter 2. I could be that myth­i­cal sucker or you could be or some or­di­nary sod could be one too I keep ‘suck­ing’ you and you, me or we keep ‘suck­ing’ each other to nur­ture life is nat­u­ral to kill is un­nat­u­ral the po­etry we bring to life is nat­u­ral the po­etry we pub­lish, we kill un­nat­u­ral so what ex­actly is a poet to do? 3. the moral arms of the wood-cut­ter’s tale are blud­geon­ing the heads of or­di­nary men for years arms, rot­ten through global warm­ing are rain­ing blows on our heads the pro­cesses of cut­ting are all that re­mains no more forests tales re­main or are co­erced to so, what is to be done about the wood-cut­ter’s axe em­bed­ded in the mind?

Man with­out a Navel – New and Se­lected Po­ems by He­mant Di­vate, edited by Mus­tan­sir Dalvi (Poetry­wala, 2018)

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