The Innisfree Poetry Journal

by Patrick Woodcock



The mountains were gold first or golden

And when the wind came the mountains

Gave their gold or golden to all below.  And some were sad

And some wished for it to go away and some

Smiled as it settled upon the houses and schools,

Mosques and churches.  Windows, cars, children

And goats, were all gold, and when it settled around the statue

Of Mam and Zin—their embrace turned gold, their blood turned gold

And finally their bodies, golden, were left to settle, alone.

In dust, in sunlit burnt sand, their embrace and their

Wishes longed for it all to grow.  "Can you feel it my love,

The sand is carving us closer and closer, don't breathe,

For once don't breathe."  Farhang inhaled their dust

and returned home to whisper it into his new fingers.

But sometimes when he is sleeping and dreaming

of someone to hold he sighs a wedding ring,

earrings and a necklace a dress with gold lace upon it 

was once lost while drowsing on a couch.  He has lost these moments

but returns to their embrace again and again

to inhale the wind and sand sculpting a love, dead and golden.


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