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  Sunrise Elegy
by Aberjhani
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
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Please enjoy the following poem from the ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love. To enjoy the book in its entirety with more than 60 full color reproductions of award-winning art plus many more poems, please click here .




I saw a sunrise bow in greeting before my brother.

The waning moon of his gaze focused

beyond the weeping and wailing of stars

falling like civilizations through my heart.

And the myriad insulting meanings of life

played upon his face like the spirits

of things I have never understood.


Out of the early morning light came

three slender beams of gold, and ruby and white

stepping through the window beside his bed

and taking upon themselves the forms

of something not quite human, not quite godly.

They exuded that brilliance barely suggested

in the paintings of this world’s masters

and by their light I stared at the

hieroglyphic lesions upon my brother’s face.


Within their empathetic glow shined the

side of my brother’s life I’d never allowed myself to see.

I saw in their arms ready to attend his trembling
the hands of lovers and strangers he had known
and I felt in their compassion his constant

struggle to differentiate between the two.


On how many mornings did you compromise

your flesh, in the absence of another’s

true affection?  When?  And how?  And why

did your need for love become so expensive

that nothing less than your life

could pay its cold exorbitant price?


These creatures made of starbreath

and visions must have seen you

in those moments that stood like walls

of alien genetics between your life and mine.

They knew what you were like, vibrating

your entire universe against the skin and tears

of another, slowly crushing your skull

between planets of intolerance and desire.

And yet they do not hesitate lifting

your sleeping soul into their embrace

the way I always did before speaking

your name, or the way I do now––watching––

the inexplicable terror of my grief

staining your passionless eyes.


I saw a sunrise take my brother into its arms

and spread his colors across the sky, burning like butterflies

from one end of the wailing horizon to the other.


by Aberjhani
from ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love


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Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 4/21/2011
This is excellent beyond words, as it is true in a meaning that far exceeds the limits of the expressible.
In all tragedy there is a manifestation of life in all its depth.
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 6/23/2005
Life is a journey and an experience. You leave us all stupified - and pondering! Such an inspiration you are. I'm still trying to find out the meaning of your name. Very sure its West African. You are truly blessed!

God bless, Aberjhani.


Reviewed by Chanti Niven 6/23/2005
Dear Aberjhani,
Nordette recently invited me to listen to a radio interview where I hoped to hear you read your poetry and I was bitterly disappointed because for some reason my speakers would not work ARGH!!!
I hosted a radio show for 4 years but never read my poetry on air. I would have loved to hear your voice bring your magnificent poetry to life. In spite of this, I continue to enjoy your work as a silent (or maybe not so silent) observer and I marvel. You inspire me to greater heights. Thank you!
Reviewed by Maria Lupinacci 6/16/2005
First, Congratulations on Keepers of the Spirit!

Second, every time I come to your pages I leave
in awe! Your work is truly a force to be reckoned with!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/16/2005

Your poems are spiritual journeys; this one is a profoundly moving, shattering, POWERFUL ode to death and loss. I am grateful to read your words, Poet--thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *tears tears tears*
Reviewed by Peter Gardner 6/15/2005
Spectacular poem about death. The grief is palpable. The way you develop linguistic ecstasy crossed with spiritual suffering makes tears come to my eyes. Loss lives in this poem, and fate unkind. Peter
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/25/2005

Very rich composition in contents and imagery.
"Sunrise Elegy" is an inspiring masterpiece.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/22/2005
i like this
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/2/2005
So creatively unique, mystical and hypnotic. Your work is addictive, Sir. Your talent, great!
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 3/2/2005
What a discovery you are!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 3/1/2005

Grand title - grand poetic write ... resounding and powerful!!

Best regards,

Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/1/2005
Through my tears I struggle for words, only to say that my heart has been broken, again...
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 2/27/2005
Clap clap clap....very powerful write my n luck....BHUWAN!!!!
Reviewed by Emeka Nwogu 2/27/2005

The first line of this poem captures the essence of the whole piece.
A powerful elegy, I must say.

Reviewed by jude forese 2/27/2005
extrememly powerful and vivid poetry ... it reaches into the reader with your superb creative ability ...
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/26/2005
deeply personal, passionate
sorry for the/your lost.....
this goes beyond a feeling it is life-lite
sprud out with words for us all to witness
like all here I am awed with the depths
and your last verse....masterpiece is such an under statement
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 2/26/2005
And ink ran down the Poet's page
because of the tears that fell
as he wrote ...

I am truly sorry for your loss. Beautifully written, especially the last stanza.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/26/2005
A most emotionally moving poetic masterpiece Sir!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by M Flack 2/25/2005
We are each like blind men looking into the mirrors of other peoples faces for reflections of our own souls. Only to discover that we are never certain what the image reveals...

This eulogy. This poem. Has taken on a special life of its' own. And with good measure; has shown that there is a far greater world beyond ours. One that sees beyond our human frailties. And is able to embraces us each in the wholeness of our true selfs...

To say thank you for sharing this poem is to say too little. As you have opened a part of your soul in such a painfully beautiful way...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/25/2005
Stunning poetry that leaves the reader without words to express the feelings wrought on by this powerful and moving creation. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by M. B. 2/23/2005
You know, I'd read a poem of yours and I say, "Oh my, this has to be the best I've read of Aberjhani!" Then I'd read a story and be effected profoundly and believe that story was the best I'd read of Aberjhani. It seems each piece of writing I'd read of yours tops itself. The next one I read is always better than the last.

And now, I come to SUNRISE ELEGY which has to be the most beautifully wrought poem I've read that was penned by your hand and that, my friend, is saying something way big. Actually, I put SUNRISE ELEGY up there on the top shelf with the rest of the world's best writings.

You shine!

SUNRISE ELEGY is a sonic boom of a masterpiece. A vibrant work of art that shows no mercy and takes no prisoners.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/23/2005
Has a mythical feel to this poem.
It sure goes in deep. Has also a Gibran quality.
Reviewed by David Young 2/23/2005
Superb job of writing this. My favorite part was

I saw a sunrise take my brother into its arms
and spread his colors across the sky, burning like butterflies
from one end of the wailing horizon to the other.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/23/2005
Powerful and sad elegy. You gave
my soul reason to ponder.
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/23/2005
One is captured in the grief of the moment, and lost in the visual effects created in this wonderful but mournful write.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 2/23/2005
You, my friend, see with wise eyes, and soul. This is an amazing write, filled with vision, blight, and ... hope, strangely. You've given new meaning to the word 'Sunrise', showing its endings as well as its beginnings, its circle of factual inexorbancy, its truth of self within its perception, which is inexplicable to human capacity for awareness' chaotic nature. The sorrow is palpable, the elegy, scorching in its soul-depth, while its emotions of the miraculousness of being human create agony inside of the reader...

A masterpiece of cosmic intuition, intense and mournful.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/23/2005
If words are our legacy, then you have penned a sermon-on-the-mount with this deep, personal account of life and death. If words are our confessions, then you have confessed the intensity and hopelessness of one who has to sit idly by and watch nature at its cruelest. If words are our salvation, then you have embraced God and accepted His plan. But, dear friend, if words are our means to vent the rage and passion and scream at all the little gods and the meanest men who have gone on before, and to shake your fist at the heavens and stomp you feet on the crust of hell at the inhumanity which surrounds us, then you did well.
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 2/23/2005
This is one of the most emotionally moving poetic masterpieces that I have had the honor of reading in quite some time! Simply exquisite poetry, _Aberjhani..bless you my friend! ~Z~
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/22/2005
Oh my Aberjhani I'm stunned into silence by this awesome poem.I feel like i'm intruding on a deeply personal scene, not sure if I grasped the meaning but I know it's an eloquent superb piece. I'm sorry for your loss this has brought me to tears.

Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/22/2005
Aberjhani, you make me weep. Do you incubate your poetry as Mozart did his sonatas and then when he played them fooled listeners into believing he'd written them only moments before he sat at keys? Or are you that genius we wish to be who just writes and it flows from his soul like music from the idiot savant touched by angelic muse? What the hell are you? Don't make me come down there and find out! ;-)

8/23 8:49 AM EST, Third Reading: I don't do this. I don't come back to poems on the Den over and over. You can't know how this poem has moved me.

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