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Two turtle doves

Many ancients believed the world was flat. The phrase ‘Turtles all the way down’, attempts to explain the infinite regress problem in cosmology, posed by the ‘unmoved mover’ paradox [no cause and effect].

cosmic turtle

THE DOVE [first draft]

Is the bubble the violet
A breast ot quiet lightning
A thunder of softness, care
And endearment, plundered by gods

Arched wings
A gateway of watchfulness
Where the world plays
With a child

When they plucked her
The stars floated off, and became unending [?].
They roasted her
Then they disembowelled her
Their mouths smoked.
Her liver became an oracle.

Her flesh still [?]
[?] cave of slaughter.
Her heart spoke,
An oracle
Of loving words

Her heart became his tongue.

He stood, drenched in her blood
And hardening in the light.

Still her words were his strength

A very interesting article by critic Keith Sagar on how the Ted Hughes’ [that great modern myth maker] poem The Dove was written [not as we so often assume; arriving complete and unbidden]. Hardly anything of this first draft survived to the final version.


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