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Cyprus 2
by Muhammad A. Al Mahdi

Monday, August 08, 2005
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Eyes closed

Before the ocean's dawn

My soul waters its thirst

With waves

Waves ceasing to be water

To become rock

Solid stone

And blood

Leave heaven's womb

To become flood, tide and craving

And islands in the ocean

Furnished with eyes and pearls

Man is an island in the sea

A deep scar

On an angel's forehead

Born of a fallen sanctuary

A thorn crown of twilight wound round

His head's throne

He dies to live

And lives to die

A comet like an animal

A love's child with a split heart

And bitter teeth

Son of an ancient prophetess

Who sacrificed to fortune

And the wheel spinning

Round her sacred tighs

And round the marked spot


Which every eye reflects

Was the bird of fate

Who made his nest in a sea shell

Allah spoke: Kun

Fa yakun

And HE was

Before every beginning

HIS shape was infinity

And every beginning HE sealed

With the seal of every end

HE obliterated

My tongue

Before he allowed it

To speak

HE shaped HIS own form

And moulded it

In a thousand hues

And my own in one

Each resembling each

And none resembling


HIS breath lowered the sun

When for an instant

HIS eyes rose

As a white bird

Over 'Omar's Mosque and Al Aqsa

To reveal my heart in a screech

Spanning eternity's dome

From tongues of fire

And reverberating warm blood

My eyes blinded, my heart burnt

I rested on the drunk shores of Cyprus

In sweet intoxicated sadness

I stretched my hand out for Jerusalem

My blood touched it

The ocean vanished

I grasped her soil

I kissed her stones

I came alive

For a moment

Could I dig my nails into her earth

I would bleed to death

But never

Never ever

Let go

God rested in self-chosen exile

My teeth were raw

My bleeding nails sang

Torn from the ground

Man's sigh

Ad man's destiny was

A kauri shell in the air

A nomad's nightly caravan

Guided by silent stars

Upon unfailing stray paths

Where the unknown and the known

Are one

Where the obvious error

Reveals the wisdom submerged

And where tears' acid salt

Is burnt

Into sweet wine and melted

Into diadems glowing

In heaven's blossoming orchard

That ripen in the heart which loves

And renders itself

Without question and shame

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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/8/2009
So many wonderful lines! Love the hypnotic effect you have woven into the poem, Muhammad. The images, and the passion! Thank you for posting this. C r e a t i n g . it! <3 Phyllis <3
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/28/2009
We are all strangers and sojourners walking in this wilderness of life. Enjoyed
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 4/21/2009
This was lengthy, but is well written and very interesting.

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Aberjhani 8/13/2005
Taken together with CYPRUS, this poem, CYPRUS 2, marks quite a special event in modern letters. The layered metaphors steeped in a consciousness devoted to the divine and a life welded to the dictates of time and history constitute their own small miracle of linguistics. The fact that such spiritual ecstasy has come through a heart and soul that, in this world of increasing dis-ease and violence, could have denied its faith as easily as it embraced it, is no small matter at all. In CYPRUS 2 we have an amazing addition to the treasury of world literature and, if one may dare to say such a thing in 2005, a mesmerizing contribution to the luminous poetry of the mystics.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/8/2005
You are lucky, bro. Stephanie is not exactly profuse in her leaving of reviews. She's a sweetie though so you should be thankful. Thank you, Mahdi. Love and peace.

Reviewed by S H (Reader) 8/8/2005
Well well, another beautifully written one. This one has sexy moments throughout it oddly then travels back into the verse so soft only like an immortal poet could do. I bet you're remembered. I don't say that to everyone.
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