“The Wall”–a fragment (David Jones)

We don’t know the ins and outs
how should we? how could we?
It’s not for the likes of you and me to cogitate high policy or to
guess the inscrutable economy of the pontifex
from the circuit of the agger
from the traverse of the wall.
But you see a thing or two
in our walk of life
walking the compass of the vallum
walking for twenty years of nights
round and round and back & fro
on the walls that contain the world

You see a thing or two, you think a thing or two, in our walk of
life, walking for twenty years, by day, by night, doing the rounds
on the walls that maintain the world

2 responses

    • I really love his work. His poetry of course; but also his essays–I’ve been using his “Art and Sacrament” (and its appendix on the utile) to help students to orient on Wittgenstein’s philosophy of culture. Say, it’s great to have you back!

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