This poem is taken from Stand 215, 15(3) October - November 2017.

D.M. Black Two Poems
The birth of Asklepios
What was it thinking of, the crow that told Apollo
about Coronis' infidelity? In rage, the God
acted too hastily – he shot an arrow,
she died, and he could not revive her. Nevertheless,
so great his longing as he grieved above her
that, though dead,  
she became pregnant and gave birth  
to Apollo's baby

whom clever Chiron
raised so skilful in the arts of healing
that Zeus rebuked him,
fearing he would learn to give life to the dead
and break the boundaries even the Gods are bound by.

The old sailor  
He is like an incompetent captain who cannot keep charge of his boat
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