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Cyprus
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi
Monday, August 01, 2005
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The heart's flames like sunrays on a lizard's skin

Wind round

The groves

Of their lovers' thousand eyes

Mountainous

And drunk with ageold scarlet

Sweetness

Life is a dance

From sunset to sunrise

With overflowing

Mintlight fingers

The heart clings

For seconds

To that which it loves

With all its might

Let go

If you can

Or forget

If you would

Arrested dark

Exiled time

Like doves in mountain caves

Lives its hidden

Overpowering life

Two moons

In the skies

Form a cross road

That shall not be crossed

A heart drowned in kisses

And untouched

Is the moon

A rock

That remains an ascetic

In the throes of its passion

Follow every eye

Adorn your nights

With every pearl

A wise heart does not cry

Over its tears

Inhabited by time

It lets times pass through it

Like god's guests in an orchard

Raised for unexpected travelers to meet

Like palm trees bow

To the wind

The waves bow

To the days' load

Eased by their sighs

The sea birds ride on the tides

Like sailors in heaven's floating dhau

 A man sitting still

By the cliffs

Looks out at the sea

Counting his lives

And the ages he lived through

Tired and sanguine

Hungry for the day

And beyond time

Who is he? Ghost or caravan?

A ship wrecked in he midst

Of the ocean?

Sun darkening itself?

Or a wave on the mighty stream's shore

As the wounds of Cyprus bleed

Into the sun

And Yemen's radiance

Glows

From afar

Each of us

Has

His own Beirut

My heart calls it

Jerusalem

Teeth in the earth

Near the cradle of my mind

I look out

At the other life

Which I leave

In endless

Agonising

Exodus

From eternity into eternity

Into the void

Which is a mountain cave

In my soul

 

Cyprus 2005
     

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Reviewed by Aberjhani 8/11/2005
How fortunate that among us in 2005 there is a writer named Muhammed A. Al Mahdi whose pen and soul together form something like a celestial bridge that allows readers to enter elevated states of illuminated consciousness where one may not only witness the essence of the meaning of humankind's ongoing spiritual journey but embrace it--despite all inclination to the opposite--with deep rapture and appreciation. With CYPRUS, one can only kneel humbly upon that bridge and stare with joyful wonder.

Aberjhani
Reviewed by jude forese 8/2/2005
a poem that captures our souls and doesn't let go ...

awesome in imagery and content ...
Reviewed by S H (Reader) 8/1/2005
Wow, I haven't wanted to hold on to each word as I read a poem like that in a long time. Very good writing!
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 8/1/2005
Wonderful imagery, captivating as Regis says
thanks for sharing
love and peace
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/1/2005
A kaleidoscope of images bathed in an array of emotions that captivate the spirit of the reader. Thank you, Mahdi. May you live in love and peace. Regis
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