In Thermopylae

Ishion Hutchinson

Winter 2019

i.m. Seamus Heaney 



longed-for music, through cement, through wood,
through the guttural autumn taxis,


swift and pale down avenues, with the stark
outbreak of troops in the epic muslin, black

as dawn’s cinders, towards the true north
of your irises’ extinction, afire, to-torn flashes

of dark at wakes, where crude bounces
beyond any proof

God outpaces

the supposition of your death. All remains like
an erring spring, in another place,

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of the poetry collections Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University.

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