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THE CAVE IS EMPTY

 


THE CAVE IS EMPTY

-         Mike Jenkins (U.K.)

 

There is nobody there

No prince or prophecy -

We must stop looking high

To the mountains for a saviour.

When have you ever

Seen a white eagle?

We are outside battered

By the wind and rain 

Alongside the gulls and pigeons,

Ready to pounce

On leftovers and cartons.

We must stop straining 

Our necks towards 

Those misty summits.

 

Instead, the commonplace

Princes and bards, uncrowned

And hiding beneath 

Their dark hoods,

Passing you and I

In precincts and bus-stations,

Waiting for the day.

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