Revengeful Resurrection



Against the rubber tongues of cows and the hoeing hands of men
Thistles spike the summer air
Or crackle open under a blue-black pressure.

Every one a revengeful burst
Of resurrection, a grasped fistful
Of splintered weapons and Icelandic frost thrust up

From the underground stain of a decayed Viking.
They are like pale hair and the gutturals of dialects.
Every one manages a plume of blood.

Then they grow grey, like men
Mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear,
Stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground.
~Ted Hughes “Thistles”



2 thoughts on “Revengeful Resurrection

  1. Great poetic description of the thistle. No wonder the Scots chose it as their national emblem — very appropriate, especially considering Scotland’s recent attempts to gain its independence from the U.K.

    I hope that the national referendum scheduled for next month – Sept. 18 – will be successful and that Scotland will not become bisected as was the case in Ireland.


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