Wednesday, March 12, 2014


The Last Oracle Again

Jay Macpherson (1931-2012), "The Oracle Declines," Welcoming Disaster: Poems 1971-4 (Toronto: Saannes Publications, 1974), p. 11:
Julian Apostate, sending
Late to Delphi — "Tell the king,
Phoebus has no more his chapel,
Mantic laurel, talking spring.

Level with the ground is lying
Work of craftsmen, columned stone;
And the ever-prattling waters,
Even they are sunk and gone."
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

Related post: The Last Oracle.

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