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Muhammad A. Al Mahdi

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A bird, dead

At the window pane

A nightingale with a slit throat

And a heart that ceased



In the blood of dawn


These  then are

The world and its beauties


The coolness of the desert night

Froze your blood

Your young startling

Flowerlike blood

Which you exchanged

Stark little sparrow

For the happiness

Of your illusion


This then, o fortune

Is the price of your joys


This then, o dream

Your bitter end


This then is

What appeared perfection


In the sweet breeze of the summer

Your hair knew the freedom

Of the wind

That sings in the ports

Its songs to madden the heart

For irrespressible is it

And to the prisoner's soul

Eventhough her cage may be golden

It is death


This then

Is what you found


The lethal angel of white dawn

Struck your heart

After its last song

And your lips

Sealed forever

Like your eyes

That saw a world in chains

Froze in their last

And final



This then is

The flower of life


It wilts, alas!

Too soon


And truth obliterates

All secrets


Speak now and sing

O living voice

From heart to heart

Of the pain of the forgotten

Who shall forever remember

Grant me, O God

To live beyond death

Grant me to understand


When the nightingale in her flight

Shed her weight

And broke free of the world

The world remained

What is was

And with the force of gravity

And its iron law

With all the might of its yoke

In her hour of triumph

It lashed back at her

A tiny bird she

That with broken wings


Deep as truth

Is the abyss


Go on singing then beyond death

My sweet voice


Tell those that outlived you

What it means to live on


Break free with them

For the first time


For the first time now







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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Another gem of a poem worthy of much more than a single reading, Mahdi. I would not disagree with Stephanie either. Thank you for sharing this gift, my friend. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by S H (Reader)
You have always been the best poet here.
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson
...."I felt all flush with fever embarressed by the readers
I felt he found my letters and read them wrote this for all to see..."
so close to my heart i almost looked away
beautiful piece fragile and true
thank you for sharing and (thank you for sharing)
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