Death by Water, revisited

 

Death by Water, Revisited

 

The haves with their gilded lives,

Who turn the wheel

And gaze to windward,

And the have-not,

A fortnight dead in the world’s eyes

Exist side by side

Seldom ever touching

Rarely really seeing

Never imagining that

Like Phlebas the Phoenician,

He was once as handsome

And tall as you.

 

Written for Stories without words, 16th December 09

(in homage to The Wasteland, by TS Eliot