Easter 2013. The Turin Shroud

Easter 2013. The Turin Shroud

Easter 2013. The Turin Shroud, a poem by Gerard Rochford. Happy Ester for you, your family, your friends and for every Yareah reader!

Easter 2013. The Turin Shroud

Easter 2013. The Turin Shroud

The Turin Shroud 

Thorn blood weeping

down harrowing cheeks,

side wound wide as a hand.


Who cares if the pollens

are wrong in time or place,

or the flower shadows right,

staining the herring-bone weave?


That grim head, eyes clamped;

who else could it be

to leave us such a haunting,

wrapped in a semmit of death?


Clenching black words

from a linen grave,

His cerement says:

This is what men do.

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Gerard Rochford was born in England, lived in Hong Kong, but has spent most of his life in Scotland His recent collections include: Figures of Stone. Koo Press. Aberdeen. 2009. Failing Light, a handcrafted limited edition from 2010. Of Love and Water, a limited edition, Koo Press/Malfranteaux Concepts. Aberdeen. 2011. A collaboration with David Ladmore an artist from Victoria, B.C. Canada. Anthologies include: Erotica. Ascent Aspirations.Canada. 2008 and Silver. Polygon. U.K. 2009. His poem My Father's Hand was included in Best 20 Scottish Poems of 2006 for the Scottish Poetry Library, selected by Janice Galloway. He is the Makar (Laureate) for to which he contributes a poem every month.

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