Almanac Poetry: The Burial of the Sardine



The Burial of the Sardine, oil on panel, by Francisco de Goya, c. 1812-1819. Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. [Source: Wikimedia Commons.]



The Burial of the Sardine
(inspired by the Goya painting of the same name)


A big bizarre grinning face in the crowd.
A gloom-and-doom storm-laden sky.
A colourful crowd of revellers
in painted masks and motley clothes
go dancing beneath the swaying trees
as shadows lengthen and clouds converge,
go dancing along the dusty road
beneath the darkening sky.


‘On the first day of Lent it’s a ritual,’
the young man said to the foreigner there.
‘Some sort of Catholic carnival,
centuries old.’
‘It seems older still,’ said the foreigner,
as the revellers
disappeared over the hill.






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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.

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