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Childhood River Earth
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi

Wednesday, June 08, 2005
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Desert river's cypress leaves


In childhood's swaying cradle


Childhood River


Untamed flood


Though mingled with the sea of age


Into which it withdraws


And of which it descends


Letter and sign is the name


For all name is letter and sign


An ornament on thought's green soil


Everything through your spirit


And nothing without you


A mark of protection


Adorning your earth-coloured face


 


Time dives into your river


And the ages ascend


One by one


The world's peoples


Left their mark on this earth


Song by song


Have they chanted their quest


Dancing in the trance of their yearning


Did my fathers travel and abandon this earth


To child after child did my mothers give birth


When all of them have spoken


Shall my own word, too


Be heard


 


My voice, sound of a rain drum


A fire manifest


Shall touch earth's womb and whisper


In tongues of flame to her


Tongues to caress her water


Tongues to absorb her salt


And tongues


To be


Absorbed by her hunger


And disintegrate


In the fever


Of her searching dark hand


Till all of me


Is fruit


 


This earth of mine


Shall answer


Earth in her bridal joy


The wedding and


The feast


Earth heavily sighing


Under the hand of oppression


My earth that kills her children


Whose blood my hands have shed


My earth that sings and cries


My earth of tenderness


My earth of insurrection


My earth that talks to me


My childhood's river


O fertile fruit of her months


My birth mark you,


Her scar


 


This earth of mine shall answer


Earth in birth's agony


This earth shall bear your laugher


Your first step and your last


And bath you in her river


To make your soul bird rise


This earth shall call to prayer


And first pronounce your name


Your mark, too, shall adorn her


As my heart's sweetest flame


Earth shall encounter heaven


And earth shall testify


To your smile


That I


Proclaim


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2000 - 2005


(Time out.)


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/19/2005
Once again, your imagery is mesmerizing, Mahdi. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Cles Wilson 6/16/2005
Well done!
Reviewed by jude forese 6/13/2005
excellent imagery ...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/8/2005
wonderful imagery in this write, muhammad! very well done; bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :D
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/8/2005
Mahdi A very beautiful soulful poem! How deeply
you love your land! Wonderful!

Eileen
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