for the Day 16th
feast day of St Gall, who is patron saint of geese, of poultry generally,
and also of all birds (along with St Francis of Assisi see 3rd
and 4th October). I don't know why this is.
Gall was an Irish monk and hermit of the seventh century. He travelled
to Gaul and became one of the most important figures in the conversion
of Switzerland. Like other early Celtic saints, he had an affinity with
wild animals in particular he is said to have once asked a bear
to collect firewood for his followers. Perhaps geese were particularly
prone to attacks by bears, and Galls control of a bear led to him
becoming a protector of poultry? Its a guess.
of the Window part 3
Are these the poets,
with monochrome crests to hoist
and squinting voices?
Like the prophets, soon
and gone, who bear between their
spring-blue wrists the rose
of a hardly-dawn,
briefly, through leafless branches,
brightest crows attend.
Be not still,
the little birdist monks
blue, white and yellow,
tonsure, painted eyes,
cause lifes short,
breakdance to the nuts.
their voices almost in-
and all their deep dicta
out of shot
woulds, sodden oughts.
Small is big
like pence scat-
across the wavelengths.
All spins: just
stay too long on one wheel.
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