Saturday, April 9, 2011

david helwig: for edward hicks

At least a hundred times,
here's the marvel,
a hundred times
as you travelled the green country,
you had to put away your sign painting
or turn from preaching the inner light
to the one picture,
the stiff animals gentle,
children among them,
men good.

You must have had violent hands
to have needed so often,
a hundred times at least,
the magic, the talisman,
the peaceable kingdom
made by your hands.

Helwig, David. "For Edward HicksThe New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1982.