Blood and Lead

Listen to what they did.
Don't listen to what they said.
What was written in blood
Has been set up in lead.

Lead tears the heart.
Lead tears the brain.
What was written in blood
Has been set up again.

The heart is a drum.
The drum has a snare.
The snare is in the blood.
The blood is in the air.

Listen to what they did.
Listen to what's to come.
Listen to the blood.
Listen to the drum.


From New Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006), copyright © James Fenton 2006, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

Recordings

James Fenton

James Fenton Reading From His Poems

1For Andrew Wood

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2Wind

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3Out of the East

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4Children in Exile

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5Blood and Lead

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6Jerusalem

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7The Milkfish Gatherers

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8The Ballad of the Shrieking Man

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9Cut-Throat Christ

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10The Mistake

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11Out of Danger

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12The Skip

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13In Paris with You

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14I'll Explain

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15The Possibility

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16Hinterhof

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17Here Come the Drum Majorettes!

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18Yellow Tulips

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