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Jerusalem (2014)
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi

Friday, August 08, 2014
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Wherever I go I carry the heavy gold of Jerusalem On the spot between my eyes An orange sweet as a passion fruit And olive grove drunk with deep green These Are my wings I came in the fullness of midnight I left in the bleakness of morning I possess nothing But your name From the lips of the dying I rescued it Into the wombs of lovers I planted it From fire-chanting lips I drank it Into blood-raging oceans I sank it From cracks in the surface From caves in the earth I seized your name, Jerusalem, My holy flame, My root and stem Tired grew your name On my skin, Overwhelming your echo Thousandfold vibrating And thousandfold repeating The first miracles of my life You taste on my lips like sleep You taste on my tongue like blood Oh my black fruit Jerusalem I make love to your shadows That cover me Entirely As I fall Into oblivion, Limbs opening Like flowers Torn apart In unearthly nights Within me- The cry Within me- The scream Within me- The muteness Jerusalem Your name Your gold between my eyes My heavy eyes Your dark hair, Jerusalem Between midnight and morning Your earth makes love to my wounds I cry out, Yes, I cry I came In the fullness of midnight I left In the bleakness of morning You parted your waters And between your eyes arose I


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/9/2014
You provide much to consider in this fine piece of poetic prose, Mahdi. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,

Regis
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