The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Marcus Cumberlege: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Marcus Cumberlege (Belgium)

Published in Issue 31 (August 2013). 

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on the theme of the Perfect Man


for Lotte



“He is Dionysian up to the waist

Apollonian up to the neck

And a blend of both in the head


Provided he has not been

Decapitated by a Vandal

Mutilated by a Protestant

Incarcerated by a Catholic

Confiscated by a Schoolmaster

Masturbated by a Moralist

Incinerated by a Nationalist

Provoked by a Pacifist

Or simply

Decimated by his fellow-men”


Said a delightful German Lady

Passing through London

On her return from Israel

Over Easter.