Posts Tagged ‘hanging’


On but one sturdy, daring stem
A purple cluster clings
Like grapes whose world turned upside down
When vineyards had their flings. 

Instead of hanging, grapes are stacked.
We see they take the path
Of bringing pleasure to the eyes –
Not as the grapes of wrath.


photo by Marja Flick-Buijs at


© Dennis Allen Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2017.

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The Portent

Hanging from the beam,
Slowly swaying (such the law),
Gaunt the shadow on your green,
The cut is on the crown
(Lo, John Brown),
And the stabs shall heal no more.

Hidden in the cap
Is the anguish none can draw;
So your future veils its face,
But the streaming beard is shown
(Weird John Brown),
The meteor of war.


After a failed raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia,
abolitionist John Brown was hanged on Dec.2, 1859.

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