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The Statue

The city of Concepcion,

its physical parameters circum-

scribed by conjectural development,

its identity arrived at through

an intricate labyrinth of

historically determined steps;

At its heart the dominant

Plaza of the Conquistadors

abutted by an inspiring

Madre de Dios Cathedral,

lending a certain gravitas to

an otherwise lacklustre civic space;

And in the Plaza’s geometric centre,

a benignly neglected equestrian

statue of Concepcion’s Founder,

the breastplated and intensely proud

The Duke Juan Aguila-Alvarez;

the barely legible inscription

at the base of ” A.D.1543 ”

obscured by an injudicious

accretion of plentiful guano

nourishing for agrarian soil,

but not for civic masonry.

Christopher Marlowe’s Fate

Four figures
in a room
darkly conclaved,
hushed breath escapes
the mirrors’embrace
leaving no trace
of having been expelled
from any mouth nor
orifice so plain that
might betray the breather’s fear
of leaving imprints in the air;
Amid this spectral scene
where meaning and word
intertwine where shadow and
light dance their silent pavane,
swirling about,word without meaning,
meaning without form,form without
content into an empty shapeless
void where trails of reason
evaporate and each horizon
bears a false dawn.

Ye Footnote….
(Back in 1997,I was inspired to compose this poetic palimpsest after reading an account into the playwright,and Shakespeare’s greatest rival,Christopher Marlowe’s death at a tavern in Deptford following an argument over an unpaid Bill;it was known that CM engaged in the profession of “Intelligencer”,ie Spy, for Walsingham,good Queen Bess’spymaster.)