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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Robin Helweg-Larsen is British-born but Bahamian-raised. His education came from good schools, hitchhiking on five continents and working all over the place. His poetry has mostly been published in the UK (Snakeskin, Ambit, etc), but also in the US (Shot Glass, The HyperTexts, etc), Canada, Australia and India. He lives in his hometown of Governor's Harbour on Eleuthera.

Robin Helweg-Larsen

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On Reshaping The World

An English fool stuck a knife in a Scottish pole
And ran around it, whistling, widdershins;
A small cloud came blasting up the loch,
Soaked them, and blew the sandwich papers away.

In the West Indies a young slave, African,
Said soft words over three oranges and a stick;
Clouds formed on the horizon, came overhead,
And in a downpour ended months-long drought.

I do not seek to change the weather, or my mind,
The links between, or memories of events.
I am content to say what's to be said,
See what's to see, do what is to be done,
And, when I'm cold, to go where there is sun.