‘Strip-Tease’ by Eithne Strong.


A poet
must talk in riddles
if he will not risk himself
for fear
of public eye and tongue
blaspheming privacies :
a host
of leeches sucking parallels
carnivores to strip his shivering secrecies
intricately. he should be
silent or speak out.
No one
asked for
his arbitrary offerings.

Euterpe, Muse of lyric poesie

  • from Sarah in Passing , by Eithne Strong. Dolmen Books 1974.
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