Imperial Adam

Original Text: 
A.D. Hope, Collected Poems: 1930-1970 (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1972): 83-84. PR 6015.O55 A17 1972 Robarts Library
1Imperial Adam, naked in the dew,
2Felt his brown flanks and found the rib was gone.
3Puzzled he turned and saw where, two and two,
4The mighty spoor of Jahweh marked the lawn.
5Then he remembered through mysterious sleep
6The surgeon fingers probing at the bone,
7The voice so far away, so rich and deep:
8"It is not good for him to live alone."
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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