Togetherness and Erring: A Cycle of Poems

by Christopher DeGroot (February 2018)

Swanage, Paul Nash, 1936

Herald of desert,
you levy a deeper muting;

       still home,
       I think on togetherness.

And remember him who uttered
       regarding a crime,
and I see now more than ever

        crushing the arch

        shearing the cloth
        engulfing the spring:
        this is our togetherness.

Come Other or Do Not Speak
Once a hay mind
now a constable
for a race,
for horses
who dart
but do not trust.

Hush. Hush. Hush. Hush.
Come other or do not speak.

Your Field
Your field has bone around it,
and you can only harvest a price.
I want no money, said the lyrebird,
the fragment of a gavel in piercing night.

Only When
If we mean
     how we live
we are ready then
          to [ ]

              Brother it is
               only when
            every moment
              oozes crime
          our blood washes
                  any sky—

Not this, not this
sets a gallows
against the Flown.
Find different conductors
for gauzy foundries,
but bone, bone.


Christopher DeGroot—essayist, poet, aphorist, and satirist—is a writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His writing appears regularly in New English Review, where he is a contributing editor, and occasionally in The Iconoclast, its daily blog. He is a columnist at Taki's Magazine and his work has appeared in The Imaginative Conservative, The Daily Caller, American Thinker, The Unz Review, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, and elsewhere. You can follow him at @CEGrotius.

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