‘Cry Mercy and Gentleness’ Cry 3/5: Transformations Poems (Book 4)

25 Jun


George Braque Metamorphoses

February 2013-March 2014

17 poets, 15 months, creating 1 contemporary reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

See the Transformations Page for more details or the ‘Present Collaborations’ Tab


Poems Inspired by Book 4



Lenka Monk, Nell Perry


Ballad of a mulberry tree

by Lenka Monk


A blueprint for every wall is the secret in each stone

Every whisper that passes through

Every colour, every tone.


Whatever sin, whatever pain it keeps it all well hidden

Without a sound tells a story

Of real love that’s forbidden.


He stumbles upon crimson veil in the depth of night

His dreams dissolve, death awaits

By the morning’s first light.


The sword plunged deeply into hollowness of his chest

The sacred aged mulberry tree

A place for his final rest.


But she still breathes calling his name with no luck

Fear claws at her heart

When only silence screams back.


She sees her lover’s lifeless form, blood pouring still

Tie a knot on twisted fate

When treasured love is killed.


Nobody to hold her soul all is forlorn in her mind

With a blade that is still warm

She dies by his side.


The once white fruit now dark of colour as the deepest sea

For it is said their purest of love

Seeped into the tree.




by Nell Perry


Nell Perry book 4


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You can find out more about Lenka and Nell and their work here:

Lenka Monk


Nell Perry




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