Raise Your Hand


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Found. Found. Found.
Under a fingernail once attached
to young Master Aldous Huxley.
Found, as if bedraggled refugees,
scurrying over a dirtied mound of Venus,
blood flowing freely like a fountain
from the Old Rome of a wrist.
Found. At the base of Velikovsky’s thumb,
climbing a knuckle for a better view.
Found. Encircling Christ’s pinkie.
Leaping from the ring finger to index —
then caught hopping back again. Found
upon the very tip of Aristotle’s digitus
impudicus. Poised, accusing, pointing.

Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, came to poetry late but has enjoyed a large number of publications in the past 10 years, recently gaining airplay for his poems and songs in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. The So-Called Sonnets, is his first book, which this audio poem is an excerpt from. More information can be found on his website: bpmcrae.com.