VERSES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES
From THE ENDS OF OUR TETHERS 2003
Poem: Alasdair Gray © 2005
20 – A Spell Against Envy, attributed to Luke Aiblins
had splendid banquets, buildings,
songs of praise
they never made. Digestion, rot and fires
undid their solid things. The finest hymns
cannot outlive the language of their choirs.
Only the joy of making things anew
outlive the owners & the makers too –
those fabricators, songsters, cooks who give
web, honeycomb, nest, burrow, beaver dam,
house, clothing, story, music & tasty stew.