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Poem of the Day

Hero

John F. Deane

That day the blackthorn in the wild-row hedge
exuded an Easter radiance; the last snowdrops
in by the shade stood like youths in short-sleeved shirts
peering out towards light. That the Christ
dropped out of day into tombed darkness, the
second death, the God-abandonment, is scandal;
like the artist, who painted the tempest
in the veins of sunflowers, another such
vulnerable hero who went down into the abyss of himself
and came back, painting peach-blossom radiance
and hoarding sunlight in golden coins
against familiar dark. Like stars as multitudinous
as the stars on the blackest night, the blackthorn,
its sour-milk blossoms against black boughs.
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