Friday, 4 April 2008

Days poem

[for James Lovegrove]
"An Indo-European word for a deity 'that,' as M L West notes, 'left representatives in nearly all branches of the Indo-European family' is *deiwos, based on the root *diw/dyu (the bright sky or daylight) and designating a sky god." [Wendy Doniger]

The Indo-European scholars say
That deus and days are the same word:
Brilliantly, clearly so.

Though this casts no illumination on
The fact that, for some readers, moon is mine
Obscurely if truly so.

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