C.H. Sisson (19142003)

Sisson is dead

He looked out over the ferrous rocks,

The tributaries like sorrow descending,
Trailing off into the far end of the afternoon.

He would reject such personalisation.

There are no moods, sensations, similes,

But this husk of bread,

This glass of ale in the window-light

Like a Vermeer, you would say

If you were a poet.


There is no other realm,

No extrapolated meanings:

All metaphors died the first Christmas Day


There is only the body and blood

And truth in its three dimensions:

The natural imprint of the brooding Trinity.


Sisson lives.

Peter Mullen

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