This poem is taken from Stand 226, 18(2) June - August 2020.

Desmond Graham Five Poems
from Looking for Hildegard of Bingen

Jarrow (1)

they carried
the great Bible
from the Wear

was it on struts
held out
like a sedan chair

or like a small
but still so heavy
coffin

or on a mule
in a mule cart
a monk beside it

lest it jumped out
from the shaking
of the roads

or covered
doubtlessly covered
with a cape or cowl

a blanket
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