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Sijour

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untitled

by

Sijour


someone once said in a whisper
the pain of the land is but the tears you shed
you lived under an ebony tree
and tasted leaves to know its darkness
it was bitter i saw you cry


you stood there

by

Sijour


you stood there embalmed
wound tight by the barbed gossamer
woven forth effortlessly
your feet stilled by asphalt
bleeding
your eyes dried by the spoken sand
blinded
hands bound behind
stood helpless without a cry


tilted kiss

by

Sijour


if you would give
a peppermint juice tilted so you would kiss
me a second longer
whole universe will seem sputtered
such beautiful thoughts
are hard to come by
these thousand moonless pantomimes
so please pretty love
spare me a peppermint juice
tilted so you would kiss
me a second longer


lament for orpheus

by

Sijour

you turned
to see her leave
into the darkness.


blind

by

Sijour


you were all the depth
of a well i chanced upon
but i was not a bedouin you were not a mirage
the eyes were not shut
nor throat parched.
thru the thickest sand i saw you standing
faced away gazing, blind.

you were all the light
of a firefly i saw
but i was at a theatre you missed your lines
the curtain fell
not a word escaped.
thru the darkest room i saw you standing
faced away gazing, blind.

you were all the echo
of a glass i'd raised
but i was maimed you passed me by
the river ran silent
not a being cried.
thru the haziest water i saw you standing
faced away gazing, blind.


izbitral

by

Sijour


i have loved you izbitral
since the quaking of the skies.
yea, i have loved you izbitral
since the shattering of the suns.

so you have wandered from here to there
forbidding the waning bidders,
the surging winds, letting your blackest cat
to live your life to scrape the bits
off the yellowing cavity of the men below.

so you have churned the pharaoh's casket
waking the cloths that walk at night
to add to the book you writ with hands
to the list of weals you have marked
marked, but found not for you are amiss.

so you have escaped to the thundering deserts
to see your love the desert's rain, for
you water those without the earth
for the men to affirm their tentacles
and you laugh, oh laugh to see the men dying rot.

i have loved you izbitral
since the quaking of the skies
yea, i have loved you izbitral
since the shattering of the suns.


death of a husband

by

Sijour


i heard her
i heard her crying
down by the river
crying.


homage to shiva

by

Sijour


so thou shalt dance, my lord
though the seas are aflame
the skies the earthen men
are scorched in note
by thy quivering tread
thy tremulous droning feet of air
grasping slapping the winds let moulds
as asuras' tales
of woe be. behold,
the rhythm of the enraged sage
descended kailas to dance,
to kill.


Untitled

by

Sijour


at night
i sat by and watched you sleep
dreaming of dreams making you smile
and when you got up and told
me you were dreaming of
me kissing you
you were beautiful.