for the Day 24th
feast day of St Matthias, who was appointed to take the place of Judas
as the twelfth apostle after the latters death. According to one
account Judas was a suicide, and hanged himself in despair after betraying
scant details of the life of St Matthias include a tradition that he preached
and was martyred in Ethiopia.
the book of Praises.
64. Of the Disappearing River
That marshals its hundred
in the Ethiopian highlands
with their pelts of
conducts them to jagged falls,
enlisting their muds in the labour
of digging its gorge,
then heads, helpless, for
goes out to waterless wilderness,
the earths biggest hole
and surrenders to the sun.
There is its vaporous suicides
grave unmarked, hard air.
From which ascending, absolved
of salt and of sulphur,
it goes back clear and carries no warning.
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