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Short poem

Phyllis Gotlieb (1926-)


              1Da Vinci and the man on the bed stare
              2at each other through the dark air of
              3death watch. The dying man more than half
              4suspects from the black glitter
              5beneath the eaved brows that it is Death

              7            Da Vinci moodily
              8hones in his mind the silver
              9saw he has made to trepan the skull.


9] trepan: to cut out a circular section of the skull with a surgical instrument named a trepine.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright The Works: Collected Poems of Phyllis Gotlieb 1978
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Phyllis Gotlieb, The Works: Collected Poems (Toronto: Calliope Press, 1978): 13.
First publication date: 1964
Publication date note: Within the Zodiac. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1964.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2002
Recent editing: 1:2002/11/3

Rhyme: unrhyming

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