caravanserai

caravanserai
august 2022

Caravanserai
The image, sourced via Pinterest & linked to the site ‘worldhistory.org’, is credited there to Fred Dunn & captioned: A modern camel caravan in Morocco.

in the heat
they said you
would see things
of __s h _i _m__m_e_ r,
delicious tableaux
of water that gives
at the touch like
skin into dark pools,
skin fragrant in
its sweat, sweet
in its salt,
they said
that if you took
the stairs that
tremble like
mercury held
to a flame
as if
they were
truly there,
they would
give way into
waking on a
desert, where
no drop could
ever cool
your thirst,
they called it
love’s tiered
mirage, and
yet i walk it
still into her
arms, my
bones somewhere
shovelled into
sand, grain by
blown grain,
housed on
a summer
horizon
of
ages,
from the
balcony of
our crossed
limbs we watch
the unbelievers,
the truly dying of
thirst struggle
with their
dry maps
in a blistering
gale, how
their eyes
close out
their
fingers,
never knowing
the oasis that
grows of touch
to float beyond
our flowerless
mental
geometry
of plains

Copyright © 2022 Peter Le Baige. All Rights Reserved

Click on the link above to hear a reading of the poem.  The accompanying music is from Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528: II. Andante [Adagio] by J.S. Bach in a transcription by Bohemian composer & arranger August Stradal, and interpreted here in a recording by Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.

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