I would that you were with me hence, sharing
This celestial view seen, unseen, before
Where Sannin eternally up staring
At the evening star glaring at the shore.
The deep is rising, the ships heading east
The green mountains capped with snow behind
Perhaps the eye of an artist possessed
May contain such a paradise in mind.
Come to me, darling, and look at the strand
The edge breaking foam lay miles apart
Amidst a galaxy topping the land
Looming a sky within heaven a heart.
Come, darling, to see what I see, and more
Stars above, stars below, moon in between
A brigade of cavalry charging the shore
Falling back on sand in glorious sheen.
O life! There's nothing more to enchant me
Than this vision of growing ecstasy
I feel dissolved and carried fancy-free
Where beauty and dreams meet in poesy.
That's the Lebanon the heart of the world
Where the cedars living for ages unknown
And the flag of liberty always unfurled
In a democracy without a throne.
Can we keep company with the wings of time
Cleaving the bounds of distance in every clime
To gain our cherished freedom out of this cage
Flying yon the bars by the wisdom of age?
Is that only a wish we track fading gleam
On the waste of life, a mirage in a dream?
Yet we dream the dreams dreamt by dreamers before
Who had sailing ships failing against the shore .
So friend, be not sure of the things as they seem .
'Tis like churning the sea to skim but the ream .
That's why our joy remains tied to our sorrow ;
That's why what's true today may not be tomorrow.
Cannot? why try to alter the scheme of fate ;
Would it not be better to reason and wait?
Blink not wonder not my most precious friend
The world has a beginning must've an end
Better praise God and catch your heart by hand
To shape it right to love your neighbor and
Preach love and peace to those who listen and
Explain to them what're the rights of man and
What's liberty what's equality and
What's a brotherhood what's altruism and
How to be sociable lovable and
Pleasant and friendly to all p'ople and
Never to skin nature to react and
Pollute the world by the reek of smoke and
Blink not wonder not my most precious friend
The world has a beginning must've an end
A forest of stars twinkling far away
Over the surging spahis of the sea
And a full moon sighted pretty and gay
In her topmost splendor beyond the lea
Heading over the horizon off sight
Orbiting the earth blooming up again
A tiny cres'ent living by the sunlight
Aging with the night waning o'er the main
Leaving the cavaliers on a quick raid
Over the vast green meadows of the sea
Thousands of steeds brigade pushing brigade
Charging the shores to gain their liberty
There's no land but dear old Texas for me,
'Tis paradise 'tis the home of the free
That's why I long to cross the ocean bar,
To dwell in my country to hail its star.
I am visiting the old world somehow,
Wandered in the East and in Europe now.
But oh! how I miss Texas and the plow
The hat, the pistol, the horse and the cow.
The skies of Switzerland are clear and blue
The old German castles are pretty, too,
France is charmful and England not less
But there's no place like dear old Texas.
For ten by ten days I moved here and there
But now my soul roves in the Western air.
Farewell, long farewell to Europe, my Jo,
Like spring I came and like winter I go.
Home again, home again to Dixieland
The ship will sail and marrily I'll land.
On the shore, and straight I go to the plow,
The hat, the pistol, the horse and the cow.
I love thee old Texas, I love thy land
I love the plains, rivers, rocks, hills and sand
I love thy flag, heaven, nature and sea
God keep you, God safe guard your liberty.
Come brothers and let us read the chart
And venture into the deep valley of the past
To see how man by the blade of his mind has cleft
The heart of the future and has carved
On the rock of Time the letters of his name
Again read about the dimensional outlook of nations
How it was made the measure of a look high
Towers of glory with the fullest speed
By masons who planned for a touch of the sky
Nations have a measureless magnitude
Having the breath of knowledge the link thought
Of determination and fortitude
A spirit of the oracular mysticism thus wrought.
I recalled a dream I dreamed during the century Confucius was born while I was coming on the train of time into here. My memory then I remember was the same as when I remembered reading what I have forgot.
Europe is boiling in a test tube searching for a lost equation. The world is polluted and the people are trying Paradise to steal the fruit. Though every thing is plain and clear, I could not understand and went to sleep.
Confucius in my dream like a vision passed by for a short visit, we played tric-trac and the dice was in my favor; he smiled when I saw the Yellow Peril on his face. He said: "Mark on the Calendar please 8-6-2091" and disappeared like a shadow in the shade.
You can't but climb the slopes to reach the height
Of your ambition on top of the hill
Mounting be adamant and keep your flight
Your task is hard lad it needs a strong will
Hence begin drilling from the well of time
The wisdom left by the sages of old
To have the feather for your flight by rhyme
And be a star like Venus in the fold
Success is not a gift given gratis
But the fruit of labor along the years
E'er be alert lad and ne'er be careless
God will bless you keep your faith and prayers
Remember lad when on top of the hill
Your task has been finished by your strong will
The wind bearing a great message of time
The accents were so pleasing to my ears
Thrilled quickly I began to write this rhyme
About the glad eyes of moth'rs and their tears
Mothers of our children those great women
Who're the ess'ntial part of the adamites
Without them no reproduction no men
No world no happ'iness and no human rights
They are the sweet heart of the world indeed
Without them ther's no ecstasy of life
They are the fertile land and men the seed
They're the partner on the road of our strife
A paradise for all the human kind
Paradise where we lived before behind
I'm ninety-nine years old since yesterday
Wait'ing for the ship to come at any day
To take me to my new home in the sky
Up I'll dream of you all with tears in my eye
Please grieve not for me but rem'mber and try
To think of me one day a year where I lie
Then forget me sleeping calm in the sod
Waiting impatiently to meet my God
In heaven I will remember and pray
For my beloved children every day
For my brothers, sisters and my mother
For my wife, home, family and my father
Children my will's that you love each other
To be each a mother to the other
We chariot to school to learn to read and write
Not to skin nature and rise to the sky
Not to work for fame by using dyn'mite
Pollute the world and by pollution die.
Folks awake and be aware of the reek
The death like hills of the chemical lees
Quick shut the flood gates of poison and seek
To stop being charioted to hades
Never scratch nature to bleed and react
For the falling blood is nothing but bane
'Tis not a vision fancied but a fact
Since we've polluted the air and the main
Why not be a hand in glove with nature
To 've a serene and a happy future
Look at the wonders overhead that will
Keep moving calmly wave-like never still
In a vacancy ever null and nil
Created by our great God and His will
Thus what we see in space but the entrails
Of a termless vacuity having e'er
The universe the heart that never fails
Within its endless mission forever
This existence's housed in the nothingness
Positive and neg'tive forces to hold
An en'gma of mystical genesis
A heavenly secret sealed never told
Existence gloved by noth'ngness its o'erall
Make the universe and naught all in all
Look how beautiful 're the stars in sight
And the sightly moon beaming on the sea
But oh! for all the thoughts that come tonight
From a distant cherished darling to me
At times she looms so near yet still afar
Like high Venus that in twinkles thus fall
Living coal leaving in my heart a scar
And I run everywhere searching I call
"Malho" . . . I love you much and ten times more
And since you left my dear I'm waiting here
Just to h've a glance of the face I adore
"Malho" you are my only love and dear
Now I'm ninety-eight years waiting ashore
Ladies tell me should I quit or wait more?
P.S. written to commemorate my wife after twenty years of her death
Thin end of the wedge and brandish the steel
Nothing might change the destiny of things
The world is but what we hear see and feel
Being poor or having the wealth of kings
You cannot my friend and I cannot weet
What's coming in the basket from our fate
So drink your cup and smash it at your feet
What's coming my friend must come soon or late
Look how the shepherd of the nightingales
Wrote and hoped to live longer to write more
Keats the home of po'sy the world still hails
With the birds up'n his grave still weeping more.
Thin edge of the wedge and brandish the steel
The world is but what we hear see and feel.
There is no speed like a mind to travel
By the wings of thought to Venus and Mars
To hail the angels and with them revel
Over a desert of sky blooming stars
Before God has created all in all
Of what we know and of what we ignore
Though we fly up we are destined to fall
Ere we exc'ed the possible and fly more
Friends never drill the mind more than enough
The rig will damage the well of your dreams
Be sane in your attitude and rebuff
All your sup'rfluous hopes and their gl'aming gleams
And recall Adam, the fruit and the fall
Hence think of Him right who made all in all
Those who think of paradise and hell die
With or without a doubt to rise again
Rest forever and wherever they lie
Fetid bones whether on a hill or plain.
That's truly the true destiny of man
Who comes on the train of time into here
He might gain wealth fame as much as he can
Yet he can't esc'pe the fall of the last tear.
'Tis so strange how we come and how we go
And we lose all the gain of our labor
Though we remember we forget to know
That the ship is waiting at the harbor.
Those who think of paradise and hell die
Rest forever and wherever they lie.
The world has become the home of despair
Countries full of scorpions and baneful snakes
Mad cows pigs goats sheep and still unaware
Of the most bloody future and earthquakes
Often I've tested the nature of man
In the big laboratory of my mind
I found that he's the only one who can
Oft shake his long ears kick back and walk blind
Look folks how the fire is grazing our lives
By the flame of our recent techn'logy
What a shame we are killed by our own knives
Since we've neglected our theology
O God! Knock into our heads to walk straight
To love the whole world and forget our hate
Adamites be timely timing your time
To quit a vile world of bloodshed and crime
Immorality pollution and shame
A world of a tarnished honor and name
Look how the angels are roving in space
In a world of peace and love without hate
A world of devotion and ever sane
A world of virtue sanity and grace
God willing on his ladder we might climb
The seven skies to choose one for our fate
The one preferred by Adam lost to reg'in
And live back in our old and sweet home 'gain
Paradise where the sacred rivers run
Where the birds sing and we enjoy to hear
Where there'll ne'er be an eclipse of the sun
And where there'll ne'er be pollution to fear
There we promise never to touch the fruit
Though we shall e'er be yearning for Beirut
Though we've had a rarity in the past
Of those great women who left a big name
Since that time most of them have braved at last
The highest range of knowledge and became
Well ed'cated and more cultured indeed
To help carry well the burden of life
Being the muscle of the heart we need
The exponent on the tracks of our strife
Now we and them hand in hand make a team
Work for the welfare of our land to be
The land of the democracy we dream
The peaceful land of love and liberty
A team who can save the world from the smell
Poll'tion and the ugly journey to hell.
A stone awaiting change of id'ntity
In the giant boulder mountains of time
Norn Mother tempered right my entity
By adding water and a breath to lime
There I was promised a lift to parad'se
By the Word of God in books I have read
Since I began to pray, fast and be nice
Feeding the hungry a share of my bread
Yet when I thought of Adam and the fruit
I wondered and pondered how could I rise
Could I have a space ticket from Beirut
To take off toward the azure promised skies
There upon I thought and preferred to wait
Destinies being the concern of fate
Baalbeck September, 1997
Awake dreaming I thought I saw the Lord
I opened my eyes, I missed Him and wept
A warm tear fell down on the sward
Bloomed near a church where a bell was chiming
Far across the boundary of time I heard
The choir invisible. I woke up gazed at heaven and prayed
Come and let us have a drink of the grape
And wing up in a vis'on into the sky
To look at the earth and study its shape
And build a bigger lovely nest ere you fly
And leave me hugg'ng the air with your escape
Come, come back I tried to forget in vain
I'm waiting for you with indignation
Life without you but a dest'ny of pain
Agony, grief, sorrow and frustration
Of feelings and throngs of thoughts in my brain
Come with an Epic'rean skirt of good taste
And call the farrash to fill the cup 'gain
Since time is fleeing fast come along haste
To our famed lovely air castle in Spain
Baalbeck September, 1993
Speaking of Out-lopes and marvels made
Let me rake up the past to lay bare
The memory of the back trail I traveled before
Riding colt of the best Arabian breeds
With the speed of a bullet, every which way,
Leaving the swelling dust of the years fading far behind
On the road leading to the bounds into the heart of space
To probe the psalms preached, the deserts proclaimed
Heedless of hazards distance or fate
Crossing the zone of my vernal days, I was hesitant
Being still caged by the darkest arena of mind
Fighting the wisdom of heaven by self conceit
Having refused to wear the turban or be a prelate
The time I was young and apt to be pompous and great
Crossing the zone of doubt still determined
To explore the regions of being to find
The map of dreams concerted by the sages of yore
Spotting the workshop where the miracles of thought
Are devised and shaped into scriptures revealed
By messages with passengers sent
For the world to distill the spirit and decide
How to prepare for the distance of travel ahead.
Crossing the zone of contemplation
The time I was still diddled by the assumption of airs
Yet with the touch of faith I began to realize
That a kindled hope of youth
Is so often lost in smoke
And that the world cannot be lifted
By the thin thread of a kite
Crossing over the zone of memory to the now
With the reins drooping slowly in my hands
I began to feel that life is nothing but
A cursory glance, caged by the bars of age,
And now hooded by wrinkles speeding to halt
At the dam raised by the boulders of time
I haven't failed to tear the progeny of my hopes
With the growing certitude to unearth
The hidden fountain of faith.
So wonder not, my friend,
To have seen me yesterday still looking
At the back of beyond,
A shadow cross, cruising o'er my head,
Breathing message I caught, shivered and woke up
To find myself genuflecting on the floor
With my hands raised toward heaven
When I heard the soothing voice of the Muezzin
And the harmonious melody of the chiming bells.
Baalbeck July, 1987
By the plumes of my mind I soared up high
And I looked down gazing from my own sky
I saw a polluted world taken fire
By the match of a scholar to expire
Fifty years ago I cried loud and now
I'm crying louder for you to see how
We are approaching the cliff to fall down
Into the spare none ocean where we drown
We shouldn't take all things in the positive
Unless we take heed of the negative
Careless care made of the world a huge pyre
Burning to ash by a slow grazing fire
Now the smoke is muffling the earth entire
And the scholars are still feeding the fire
‘tis wrong to reduce science into crime
And lay waste the earth on the floor of time
Baalbeck August, 1997
Friends why spend yourselves on the wings of time
Flying everywhere and nowhere to land
Look how the eagles dare the sky and climb
A wing reach and back on the cliffs to stand
Stop fanning to the four winds in eery land
Keep your devotion to your hills and wait
The God of all in all does understand
Your grim struggle against a cruel fate
Hence take the course steered by courage before
To uphold the lofty name of your brand*
On the way build your thews well to restore
The rhythm of love to the heart of your land
Pitch tents o'er the ash of your homes and stay
In the field of honor to live or die
'Tis shameful to be car'free running away
Be eagle like keep your cliffs and defy
The alien foot treading on your threshold
To safeguard the grandeur of your trad'tion
By the lion limb you have had of old
The mighty shield of your true position
Come back put your foot down and your head up
Like proud Sannin on the breast of our land
With eyes looking the world from the top up
Our flag, down the years of the brine wash'ng sand
Beirut March, 1987
Friends let us show our good will and forget
The autumnal years in despair we've spent
Speak not of the past and the gales we've met
Lip talk but gossip often meant unmeant
Give no thought to those dire tyrants who dash
Over a river of blood to obtain
A spark of glory quickly turning ash
Unth'nking of the slayer and who was slain
Keep your jar of virtue empty of hate
And your faith in heaven your lasting dream
Walk towards the min'rets of God and be straight
To find in your desert of life a stream
Never wail a hard luck -Cis all your fate
Since you 're but a mailed letter on your way
Railing forward circling back where to wait
Where your where'll be the where where you'ere, yest'rday
Baalbeck June, 1989
Should patience be freed from its reticence
Would it un-curtain the secret of time
To lay bare our origin by ev'dence
Showing how we rise age and back to lime
In a round trip go'ng ahead we go back
And we are impotent to make a change
Of a proc'dure go and wait to come back
Though we deem it right it looks a bit strange
To keep our heels on a half measured track
Where we stop fall leaving only a name
'Tis a dream to be a pho'nix and live back
Centuries of glory out of the flame
Withal I bel'eve though empty is my hand
The earth perhaps will make me understand
Baalbeck June, 1997
I have split the veil of wrath to live calm in a world of love and thought.
Time has no time to time its time while eating itself
Man might fly fate his wings distance the theme
Destiny no word how to understand
Hence the view we take of life but a dream
A mirage moving dry water on sand
Baalbeck October, 1995
Shiva enough graves and enough headstones
The Middle East has become a graveyard
Where the rights of man are found fetid bones
And the bones of lib'rty in the junkyard
Stop your ugly destr'ction and your jaywalk
Your timely triumph but a shameful crime
I'm talking to you now cock of the walk
Take heed of the lethal patience of time
No creation shall live fore'er to last
Walking all the distance of tomorrow
The walker walking falls un'ware and fast
Shrouded by the mourning wails of sorrow
Shiva come to God who'll forgive your crime
It's time to become pen'tent, it's your time
Baalbeck January, 1997
How I long to saddle my horse and fly
Back over the tracks of life to regain
The age of my youth ere I age and die
Then o then! I'll love and be loved again.
And so I pass through the trellis of time
Having my doubts wrestling over my head
Could I on the ladder of the years climb
And go backward while I'm going ahead
Oh God! but why should I age bending wane
Why not by your will live once and again
Shrouded by your blessings and grace remain
The Wonder Man who dies and lives again?
Baalbeck May, 1987
Whisper to yourself but never be heard
To be yourself within yours'lf for yourself
Take heed of a parrot or any bird
And keep the fan of your tongue on the shelf
A word spoken but a seed sown to grow
Yield and multiply for many a fold
How often people compose lies to show
The flim-flam true stories that were ne'er told
Quit those people who flock 'round you like bees
To suck the nect'r in your flower of life
In need they are not the wine but the lees
In the cup full of your sweat in the strife
Be yourself within yourself for yourself
And keep most of what you hear on the shelf
Baalbeck September, 1995
Today I am over ninety years old
Proud of my youth like great William I stood
Arrayed my thoughts in battalions to hold
Against the whole world by a spear of wood
Without delay I conquered Great Britain
Adding to my name more glory and fame
Plus the excellence of what was written
By Shakespeare Milton and others who came
Kipling Tennyson Byron and Shelley
Keats Arnold poets of a matchless fame
Poets who stand time pillars of po'try
Calliope hence resigned and hushed when they came
Oh how oft I -joyed by fancy and sighed
For the dreams I dreamt within dreams dreams died
In China they say there is a big wall,
Hundreds of miles in a circle around;
I wonder why was it built at all;
A cage for the land of Morn to surround?
I have been worried so much thinking,
Was it truly too big or was it small,
And my thoughts link to link I was linking
And the links 'round me made a prison wall.
I looked at a painting hung on the wall,
I saw a cottage built in days of yore,
A mountain, a river and clouds that roll,
High in space where found no ocean, no shore.
I loved the sight, I loved the clouds so free,
I began to unlink, the links in my mind;
I made them a chain, 'round the world to be,
Thoughts of love, link to link amongst mankind.
'Tis not to be big, 'tis not to be small,
As things in the world since things have been;
Things, all the things, age by the years and fall,
Into dust, and the dust may not be seen.
Balls crossing balls
Of hopes and fears
Touching down and up again
On the field of destiny.
Our men are playing
A bloody match today
Our children are crying
Stop it, stop the game
Their cries echo bullets
And rockets the speed of levin bursting in flame.
Cheerleaders out of mind
"Shoot, shoot," they say
Our players fall
Strangers sick the dogs
To eat the flesh of men
Killed by their own countrymen
And on the spot we see the earthworms
Vomiting twisting away.
No pity the wind is smelling
Fetid bodies under the stones
Of hearts bleeding unburied
And those we bury
We can't name.
Leaders enough quarrels and bloodshed
Enough bluffs rivering in our ears
Enough thatch veiling your hate
Pull down the tents pitched for gain
Pull down the tents of shame
Go straight and let the ball of hopes
Outweigh the ball of fears
Let us hoist the flag of unity
And play a fair game
To show the world
That we shan't smuggle defeat for cash
And destroy our established democracy.
A bush of hopes but a bouquet of flowers
A beautiful image pleasing our eyes
And we climb the ladder to the highest towers
Yet the image falls on the ground and dies.
That's how our aspirations go on the rocks
Ricocheting the frightful echo of our fear
And vigilant time watching our effort mocks
Our trip around the milky way into here.
And here we try to see the image of the past
But now we are wrinkled to climb the towers
And speed beats us time being too fast
So without hopes we lie on
A pillow of despair
A mattress of sand
Looking at the sky
Our only field of flowers.
People of earth, be sane; bluff no more,
You are simply a fading wink of Time,
Others like you have come and came before,
A breath jumbled with water, earth and lime.
The big Three, Lloyd, Clemenceau and Wilson
Being so big, where are they mothered now
Where's Napoleon, Blucher and Wellington,
Where are those of distinguished blood and brow?
All are gone within a lid shutting eye
Falling Autumn leaves bearing ink each name;
That's the film of life, all living will die
And the ink will hence be read fame or shame.
Lime and earth, growing turf where they lay
Perhaps a rose or a briar some day.
Clouds up high
On earth mud and gloom
thunder and lightning
and I sit on the cliff of Time
Waiting, a cliffhanger
What may be there, away
On the road, the years stumps burning
in the forest of life
the smoke, roots up curling, looming reptiles
growing bigger and bigger
a frightful image muffling the land.
Youth and love swallowed
Nought remains but the wink of shoulders
And the dream of the past
My soul in it.
The storm at peak
a crash, a smiling gleam
I wake in memory
a beautiful sight of yore
And I sit one more day
Age without teeth
into the night
Was standing thumb to mouth a horn blowing
But what I heard was not what I have blown
'Twas the white stallions breeding colts ashore
Falling back mixed breeds whining in the roar.
Glorious the day, wonderful the view
Of the hoof heaping ledges racing foam
Ravaging wind, blowing dust, spreading fast
Driving herds, horses bridled at the strand.
With fingertips tapping knuckle horn
A signal hint, feeling call, dreaming touch
Nothing ciphered save the splash of water
A faint echo caressing felt before.
Remembered memories a bundle weaved
A soft pillow and a mattress to lean
When instantly vision image was seen
Sally was there being my only dream.
I lay down elbow staff in sand and head
Cushion raised up, supported by the arm
Sally beside me smiled, as if she said
Sweet the times you were the dream of your dream.
Take a look at these towering cedars of yesterday
Topping the heights of this beautiful oak and pine-land
Yester centuries are gone and they are still here
And when I look at them piling the years
I see the distant horizon of the past in their trunks of layers.
I see the Phoenicians and the oceans they have cleft
Ere Columbus leaving a flag wavering on every discovered land
I see the Roman Empire crumbling down into dust
I see Cleopatra hating emperor loving a snake
I see the cave where the Child was born
I see him crucified I see the nails
And the blood of sacrifice drowning the apprehension of faith
I see Jerusalem and the minarets of Islam
I see the faithful five times daily pray and I prayed.
Yet as I walk on the breast of time
Stepping over the ribs one by one
I wonder about the nature of man
How like a whirlwind dervishing in space
Falling dust uplifted remain.
0 God! what's the biology of life? What's the breathing cell?
What's the link joining spirit and clay?
What's the measure of trust within the frame of belief?
Would ever be a doubt of the goal
At the end of the indefinite count of years away
When these green aging cedars are gone
And I am of the past but a name?
A rhythm I heard once chiselling a stone,
The chisel beats were of sound cadent notes,
A remote lyric of a human lay
Hitherto unheard in the quarried rock.
I listened and the lay past history
Was the true echo of the stone today
The stone I chiselled for the wall to stand
But one of those petrified long ago.
This what I have heard when a mason made
The notes gave me the rock to understand
That I shall go back into earth a rock
And be cut someday for the wall a stone.
The wall will wrinkle, crumble, shingles fall
But the rhythm of the beats will remain
Travelling soundless orbitting around
The dome of doom and the desert of time.
By the stream a willow stem up top down,
Tender the twigs leaning toward the water:
The leaves brushing the rippling waves and speak,
The sound's too sharp to hear and understand.
A shrouded mystery of up and down,
We rise from sleep by habit looking up;
Yet our livelihood from within the ground,
The water, the grain, the fishes at sea.
And the current of life flows in the stream,
Generations trembling from our gossip,
When the leaves and the purling waves echo,
A reeling image talking in a dream.
A supernal story unheard before,
Of the inane being hung up unbound,
Without a pedestal to stand upon,
A perplexity, on the screen of time.
And the charm of the divine creation,
The perfection of the design ordained,
Of the shapes, up whirling in space, flashing
Rays of fire, protecting life by the flame.
A shrouded mystery of up and down,
Being the top secret of the willow,
Remains the voice uttered by the image,
Mirrored in the waves, talking in a dream.
Wash, wash, wash,
Thy sabulous shores, O Sea!
In waves rising and ebbing to die
Like the countless hopes in me.
I have heard what I hear now, around
The shores of eternity,
The echo of a voice in the sound
Of the living age in me.
So deep that voice growing in my ears,
A song of life and regret
Of childhood, the gray hair and the years
I have forgot to forget.
I value the years, the wrinkles deep
On my brow, around my eyes
But O! for the thoughts that come and heap
On my heart, a world of sighs.
I would a day back to live again
A child with children at play
Without envy, without hate or pain
A child, full of cheer and gay.
Wash, wash, wash,
Thy old brownish shores, O Sea!
But the hopes dead and gone will never
Come again to life in me.
You can and anyone can fill the cup
In the spring of life when all can say cheers
But when autumn comes dry will be our cup
And we lay it aside full of our tears
Though the spring is the green garden of hopes
It remains a vision of fancy made
Since we climb the heights and track down the slopes
To live in delay with time in the shade.
Rarely a witty sage might leave a name
Who might leave his breath writ by a feather
To live a lasting memory of fame
As long as sun and moon face one an'ther
Life is but steel and flint brushed together
Twinkling dimming slowly gone forever.
O Time! What a trap of smiles you have made
My spring days were so delightful to taste:
But now I feel the keen edge of your blade
I suffer take me to your bosom in haste.
The tears in the eyes a lake of sorrow
Within a faint shadow talking to me
«Pa dry not the tears hence nor tomorrow;
Keep them in your eyes a shelter for me:
«One tear means a universe of despair
So why weep and count the tears in the lake?
One would be more then sufficient to bear
Be patient, Pa, stop, weeping for my sake;
«Dad take care of Ma, Jawdat and Janine;
Love them as always I've loved them before;
Sorry my journey so early had been
To be with dear mother for ever more.”
O Time! should you be so bitter of breath
Having mothered birth and the years of care?
Why without notice your warrants of death
Are mailed to the King of Terrors by air
O Havoc! O the storm of life the rain !
Should the Spring die Winter remain !
Take me O God! to live with him again ;
I suffer take me to live with him again.
Baalbeck June 18, 1984
Where's Beirut of yesterday?
The City that was keeping big with fate.
The precursor of religious pride in the east ,
Where the origins of thought
Opened the purdah of mind
To teach the world
The true meaning of brotherhood and love,
Where is the Beirut of yesterday?
Where's Beirut. O where are the universities
The hospitals the skyscrapers the banks
The churches the mosques the domes the spires
The prosperous and busy streets?
What a painful memory is left today,
Of shadows standing walls in our grieving eyes,
Reduced to heaps of prehistoric mounds,
Inhabited by the whimpering owls at night
And far stretching skeins of eagles at sunrise,
Gyrating with hunting eyes overhead in flight .
Swooping down, enervated by the stench of the dead,
Turning tail and, up devouring our patience
And so we gaze at our calamity.
Waiting for the world to give us a hand
But the world was cock eyed, deaf and blind.
Never mind. history will record the crime
And timing time timely will avenge blood for blood,
Just to make the balance sheet right.
And L stand here on the highest mound
To spit now and every year once on the whole world,
To lubricate the tools of its mechanism ;
Perhaps it will wheel right
To the palace of Justice
So that the people on earth
May enjoy their safety tomorrow.
August 12, 1982
Once lonely and lonesome having been
Shocked by a horrific scene
Went hiking on a mountain side
Where a fan of streams opened wide
Gargling throat down the slopes intertwined;
In a lake grown tulips behind
A forest of cedars that stand
Since time was known years in our land;
When on a bare lonely twig bent
Perched a nightingale; reticent
I gazed at her trying to see
The reason for her veiled ennui.
Without a word without a song
We gazed at each other, for long
I wondered and began to think
Linking link to link to unlink
The links of her thoughts chained together.
Whether I succeed or whether
I chase the wild goose on my way
Thinking of man and bird who stay
On this earth lassooed together
One with skin and one plus feather
Though at variance of strain and kind
They joy and grieve alike I find .
Thus wouldn't I be right to say then
That bereaved birds sorrow like men ?
Hence I looked at the sky and said
But the bird and my dream have fled.
Baalbeck November 15, 1983
When I forget that I was anywhere
And you pass by missing the view
Harbour your yearnings and weep your hopes there
Leaving the tears a memory of you
Which may water the sod to grow the turf
Over the glebe where we sat in days of yore
Looking the sea the shore the breaking surf
Each dreaming of each shadows loved before
Those shadows were the joy of life still there
Standing uplifted by the living air
Looking into vacancies of chance where
We were awake dizzied unaware
Of the sweeping time we've lost anywhere
On the hills of hope between here and there.
Bealbeck August 31, 1984
Break not your dimming glass at your feet
And drive through the gate of life with care.
Will not yours, which they call defeat,
And out of your blood bleed your despair.
Always there's day and there's night
To follow your day and your morrow ;
There's the eternal gleam missing sight
In the gloom, in moments of sorrow.
Fear not the fume of life in the glass
The living well of your smiles and tears;
Take your cooling draft of time and pass
On the hillside of your days and years.
Dire tyrants have come and had their sway,
As old Genghis and his empire,
They had a drink and were swept away
By the winds of their fate to expire.
And old Khayyam, whose wisdom o'erspread
The benighted world from pole to pole,
To us, his puny children, he said,
Drink, there's no damnation of the soul,
Drink your glass as it comes to the lees
And have nothing to claim your regret,
Having had enough wishing to ease
Catch collapse of your wish and forget.
Come and fill the cup to the brim
Of sweet vintage from Burgundy;
Pour some more and forgive me Jim
There's no prohibition for me.
When still young I did eagerly drink
The delved vintage from Burgundy,
But now I am all done, I think,
For my reason came back to me.
Come and drink the Bible said so,
A sip of vintage cools the heart
And what if the others said no,
Drink to build airy castles — be smart!
Drain knowledge from the books my dear
To build air castles in the fold;
So many earthquakes pass each year
Thus naught but wisdom makes them hold.
Hold or not, we are born to die.
Why don't you drink and merry be?
Fill the goblet and raise it high;
Here is a triple health to thee.
Nay, nay Burgundy's nectared wine
Is no more what it was to me;
There's now only one thing that I call fine;
That's common sense and sobriety.
Truly thou art witty and wise,
And I like your sober tidings,
But 'tis the bowl that makes us rise
Above all other earthly things.
Hear, O hear, Pal! my sincere call ;
The wine takes you to the skies,
But sooner withal you will fall
Never again in your life to rise.
I saw a crowd of professional thieves dressed in black and yellow
Over the hill in our Orchard of cherries in flower
And returning home with their golden breeches;
Poor thieves, they toil and sweat for many days long,
To build store and share gratis with others,
What provisions they may spare willingly
And by doing so they gained the respect of the world,
Would those wealthy nations sack their brains
And tickle the palm of those nations in utter need
Of what they have over their need,
To gain our goodwill and respect,
So that we may grade them with the bees
And call them honest thieves?
At this moment I thought of the kitchen
And a dish of honey - combs distilled,
Together with a waffle, smeared with butter.
I called for Sam and he climbed up the stairs
With a dish of hot cakes instead ;
I was pleased and began to eat .
What a delicious breakfast, I was telling Sam,
When I heard the morning bells chiming
I woke up licking my finger tips, wondering
About the number of people living on this earth ,
Who may have had similar dreams.
And are still running behind.
The chariot of hope with empty stomachs.
Wordsworth I stand where once you stood before
On this bridge of antiquity and fame,
Where emperor tourist and troubadour
Have come to London in honour of your name .
Never a star was so much glorified
During the remote ages of our race,
When diviners and sages deified
The stars and lived empowered by their grace.
What a mental conquest, what a crusade,
Across the lofty fields of poetry!
What armies of deathless thoughts you have made
Across the living wilds of poesy!
Wordsworth, your words worth being a tableau,
Pranked by the life-like hue of your sonnet
With the stately views of the world that show
Old London wearing a gray sky bonnet
Here, on this Westminster Bridge I cry,
Do you hear my far yawp through the years loud,
The Thames meandering to the sea to die,
And again into being from a cloud?
Although you fell silent long ago,
You are enlivened by your poesy ,
To remain time honoured in your chateau
Bearing the regal crown of prosody.
London September 3, 1982
Looking into the distance I couldn't see
What I've seen once upon a time ago;
Age across the ages whispered to me ,
Said: Who ever comes going comes back to go»
Going, he cannot see much of the much
He has seen once upon a time ago
Strange to note that this world's ever as such
Whoever comes going, comes back to go.
Across the border out of time and so
They come as once upon a time ago;
And age whispers: «Why should they come to go?»
Nature replies «Life's but touch-and-go.
Shoud we care about the times gone ago
Since we come going to come back and go?
Baalbeck August 1. 1984
Go ye to that world of the oak forest green ,
Where the nightingales halo nature by song ;
That world would be listening then the charm serene
Of a breath living melody the years long .
There the wild blossoms in the wood keep straying ,
Losing petals dancing cancan over the weeds
Days and nights still reveling still out staying
To hear the birds that made spring from the buried seeds .
I can't imagine a feather by hand caught
Nor a seed by a fine masterly swain blown
Can feed a pipeline of music so well wrought
To make the elements dance within the stone .
What's this bird mothered by mystery and grace,
Burning by the flame of sound filling all space
With the spell of a thrilling touch to embrace
The threads of nature and turn the world about face .
Lined up marching to reach the oak forest green
Where the nightingales hallo nature by song ,
That world would be listening then the charm serene
Of a breath living melody the years all along.
Baalbeck September 30, 1984
I am dreaming and my dreams are my own
As such I can destroy the planet Mars
I can wheel back the years; I can alone
Wage a world war against the shooting stars
So why go to school eat and digest a
Meal of common sense the time I can dream
Of the welkin on fire at any day
Where the planets might be reduced to steam
I am Adolf Hitler, I am the dreamer,
I am the sole power in my dream land
I am the stream the ocean and the steamer
I can change the water into sand
Out there on the ice of the north pole there
With my gun of dreams can I shoot the bear.
Feb. 1, 1985
Though eighty years are a burden to bear,
They were the true colorful shades of life;
The lovable world I lived where there were
The sweat of age and labour in the strife.
And now on this high bridge I pass today
Charioted by fate toward the setting sun;
I can't but adore you all and for aye;
You're my happy world, like you I loved none.
Save them dearest three brother son and wife,
Who had no chance to pass on this bridge of time;
To me they were the very breath of my life,
And to them I humbly ded'cate this rhyme.
Baalbeck, April 23, 1985
So often in my vernal clays did I roam
And outlandishly spent my manhood years
But alas! Ne'er did I find a place like home
That I could love with adoration and tears.
Home sweet home I come to remember the years.
The years of my childhood the years which are no more,
And now on a distant soil I am all fears
'Bout going back to live where I lived before.
Yes those days of old were resplendent and fair,
When nigh the sycamores with dear Jack and Lee
I jovially rallied played and learned to care
For the land of the real the land of the free.
Oh! no more never more those homely sunsets,
No more never more those song sparrows to hear;
Ah! for the Queen moon to take me where she sets
On the horizon in old Texas, the dear.
Christmas December 25, 1930
Though I'm bound to the cliff of the eighties soon
I never believed in my wrinkles to sorrow
Even now my season minus sun plus moon ;
I stand against the menace of tomorrow ;
And so I have no worries to bear in mind
As never had I a lock without a key
Having explored the code of wisdom 'to find
The cryptic secret betwixt the world and me .
Yet through the gene shell of life I keep a drill
To procure sufficient knowledge and declare
A triumph over the years but alas! still
I might hold the line of hope without a snare
That's why I say:
«There is nothing sure in a moving tide
Of a world changing faces day by day
For life and death are always side by side
And we come here but not for long to stay».
Baalbeck December 16, 1984
To keep away from the smothering smoke
And the rising temper of the war to the knife
Besides to shun looking at the mortal remains
Which flayed the flies to fly away from a shocking sight,
I decided to climb up the mountain
Passing by the grave of Gibran
And the old cedars on my way
To the Black Corner.
I saw a group of hawkish clouds spreading wings eating sun
on the horizon.
Clashing with violence unsheathing swords gleaming edges
Within the scabbard of space where still I can watch
Wings shattered by the boisterous winds
And others falling feathery blades in flame to fade,
Leaving behind a dark wrathful breast with a breathing soul
And a heart weathered with rage drumming thunder beats
To awaken the conscience of the world
But alas! the world had a demised conscience
And remained unconscious of its funeral.
Still keeping myself to myself on the corner alone
And still taking a long view of the brine ,
Where the tilting sun gained throne
Crowned by the sheen whiling away.
Leaving the world at the pitch of the night
As the Lebanese who were left
In a dark uncivilized cruel world.
Still lonely and silently contemplating
When I heard the voice of Gibran:
«Pity the nation divided into fragments
Each fragment deeming itself a nation. »
The voice dwindled away and I went to sleep,
Sleeping I dreamt that the Lebanese will rise again
Like a phoenix from the ash by the wings
Of their love and brotherhood to the tower of their glory
With their flags of liberty wavering on the highest mountain
Peak of their land: the Black Corner.
Verse, the lustrous galaxy of the mind,
Radiating thoughts of wisdom well designed ;
A torch of love lit on the palm of Time
By the lively heart-glowing beats of rhyme.
'Tis the living lip and tongue of sages,
Who were the life blood of all the ages,
Of a world once in caves, without a spark,
Of knowledge to illuminate the dark
With iambs. trochees, spondees well displayed;
Scholars befriended the measure that made
The eye spring of language a teeming well
Of rhythm upbursting from a mental swell.
Bless them, illustrious poets of yore,
Who have engineered and left at the shore
A lighthouse of poesy, yesterday,
A glare of the past, that will show us the way
Beirut, August 28, 1982
Yesterday I sat threading them
Those beads of the past
A rosary of memories
The years each a gem buried
In the eternal pyramid of time
Leaving my mind so often consulting its pillow
About the present and the merciless greedy past
Chewing and gradually devouring the future
Together with the defeated trailing generations
Pushing caravans through the throat of yesterday
Into the spacious hungry stomach of oblivion
Yet with the fright of the sustained worries
When looking back upon the rosary of my memories
Ah then! how beautiful to repeat then
And how dearly I remember
My childhood my school days
The smile of my father the glad eye of my mother
The wonderful times hunting lions and elephants in the forest
And jumping in the dark over walls to meet a friend -
That's why I say and believe that
The people on earth should always accept
Living a joy fading into sorrow
That was and still is the key-pattern of creation
Birth growth toil hope expectation
Then the beyond to free the soul
What remains but the lime of him
Who was buried yesterday.
Baalback Oct. 4, 1984
England grieved for a heart buried in Rome
Of a poet glor'fied by rhyme and fame
Cremated ashore far away from home
England high over England carved his name
Shelley who allured the world by his verse
To a skylark he cherished to hear heard
Spheres of harmony the whole universe
A flood of songs in the throat of a bird
'Gain by the wind and the cloud had a flight
Of thought where found the lab of prosody
Thereon he adj'sted rhythm to meaning right
By his computer mind of poesy
Still he had more ambition to explore
Ill fated his boat capsized on the wave
And he died 'gainst his will to live no more
Leaving a lonesome heart still in the grave
For the larks to mourn, for the clouds to weep
For the wind to moan, the muse to sorrow
For the whole world in memory to keep
A name marked on the gates of tomorrow.
What's hope but a dream we dream half awake,
A mirage on the desert seen unbound,
Away, beyond away, a gleaming fake
Of a vision, we vision found unfound.
There's nothing in the Hall of Time to find,
But the dreams of today and tomorrow,
And dreaming of hope, we walk in the blind;
A world of joy in a world of sorrow.
We travel with the Caravan of life,
And our journey is determined by fate;
Though we have legions of thought in the strife
To catch a hope, but we are always late.
Whether or not we take it false or true,
There's not a hope built by the beats of rhyme;
Who can make a thing of nothing and who,
Can climb the years up till the end of time.
Who are we, where are we going ahead
Speeding, losing our days and years to fall
In the Tunnel of Time dead pushing dead,
Without hope, without choice, nothing at all.
Gallop, gallop thy white horses, O Sea,
Forever o'er thy boundless blue domain.
Carthage and Rome with galley and cav'lry
Fast sought the everlasting flame in vain
But to fall, blind of vision, in ev'ry land,
Leaving the torch of fame still in thy hand.
Nations, like seasons, hold their sway and die,
Dead leaves of history upon the shore
Of time, where naught endures for eternity
Save a mirage on the desert of yore,
A memory of past glory upon sand,
Whilst thou ever beat, O Sea, against the strand.
Knights, princes, countless kings to come, may all,
Like those before, display their battle fame,
Bards with songs of life and love enthrall,
Wise men their theories and theses frame,
But none, O Sea, for long will bear the brand
Beside thee, face to face or hand in hand.
All here to play, win or lose life's game
Life is a shot fir'd, a fire kindled, snuff'd.
O destiny, O Despair, O the shame
That there should remain but the fallen dust
Of life's caravans crossing the earth's face
From naught into the nothingness of space.
Gallop, gallop thy white horses, O Sea:
Charging the rugged gray rocks of the shore;
Here thou wert and here thou shalt ever be
Steadfast till the end of time and e'er more.
A stone awaiting change of id'ntity
In the giant boulder mountains of time
Norn Mother tempered right my entity
By adding water and a breath to lime
There I was promised a lift to parad'se
By the Word of God in books I have read
Since I began to pray, fast and be nice
Feeding the hungry a share of my bread
Yet when I thought of Adam and the fruit
I wondered and pondered how could I rise
Could I have a space ticket from Beirut
To take off toward the azure promised skies
There upon I thought and preferred to wait
Destinies being the concern of fate
All that comes with the morn goes with the eve
As of old Al-Racheed and his empire
The ancient Greeks withal never did leave
But the futile ashes after the fire
Hannibal crossing far Spain legions sent
Across the Alps to conquer Roman Rome
Of his victory he was confident
Yet he was defated by Rome right at home
Thus as ever we rise and fall in dreams
And forget for whom once we did sorrow
The world is just a paradox it seems
Glowing today may not be tomorrow.
Behind our sylvan home, there's a mountain
Sloping down a forest so thick and green
And drilling deep to the shore a fountain
And far at the horizon I have seen
Around a ledge of stars clipped to a beam
A sight of a vision caught in a dream.
Clear and demure, the surface of the sea
The sight refracted on the water seen
Effigies in mind-bending ecstasy
All over the blue, the fishes have been
Looking at the image being a dream
And the dream, a beam, in my eyes a gleam.
With the sun a budding ball grading high
A horseman spurring up the road his steed
And the birds up in clouds shading the sky
Flocks against flocks, whirling wings in full speed
And I look
At the dust behind the horseman in flight
Leaving me yearning for a vanished sight.
Take yourself charioted to the city
Of the gods, a temple built on the plain;
Upheld by the girders of Time to remain,
A unique structure of eternal fame.
O, well for the thoughts that tradition stay,
Centuries back still signaling we find!
This heirloom of the Roman Empire left,
But a thought of a heart dead long ago.
Man has nothing more of Magic to show,
Having the lime stones of these massive walls,
Quarried a light travel, ere the eye caught,
A wonder, of the Seven, in the world made.
Time a count of years; here we count no more,
Hundreds of generations have passed, and still,
These pillars against time a time tall,
With the fingers of the wind a harp played.
These shattered walls a relic falling down,
To stay forever lying, sand on sand,
Till time with the feet of age passes by,
Leaving the gods, turning his face away.
Brothers why be like a moon on the wane
Ever beating the bolted door in vain
Hence why not unite again to stand 'gain
Prideful of your Lebanese cultured vein
Be brave to bear the burden of your fate
And wise to quell the imposed storm of hate
Then teach those gate-crashers to understand
The meaning of our brotherhood and land
The meaning of free birth and liberty
The rights of man and his integrity
Beat your sight to the battle field speeding
Where your envied glory's wounded bleeding
Bind the wounds with straps of courage and be
The strong echo heard of your victory.
East by the forested hills pent
West by the ocean restrained
And a shepherd tending to his sheep
A breed of Merinos by Napoleon let out of Spain
I prayed him his lyre to wake
Tuning was heard and playing listened
The fields of maize I saw their stalks sway
Cupping leaves around the ears shaking notes of
Blasted from the quarry of the wind bewitching beats
Since the wind had been the breath of the world
Bearing the hidden secrets of harmony.
Clever, like Orpheus, still tapping the chords
The dreaming ocean upheaved
Steeds lashed by the rhythm frenzied
Beating hooves sweeping the shore
Ebbing billowing grouping racing again
Spray snorting from their nostrils blown
Rising spit-curls merging shaping clouds
Drifting islands of melody melting away.
And the blooming sun in water fading
With echoes reverberating from the hills
A reverie of music lost on the main.
And still I look at the lowing herd and the shepherd
Drugged entranced oblivious of time
To recover, I must wait.
Forget not the honey days, dear of yore,
And the souvenirs with which they went by;
Those cherished memories, sweet, are no more,
For yester, darling, was heaven with thou nigh.
The Eglantine, the starry daffodils,
The daisies, roses that I could retrace;
The lilies grown in lakes and by the rills,
All seemed fading with the glance of thy face.
The song sparrows, the larks and their sweet lays
The happy swain with the tuneful bassoon;
The Grecian nightingales and the coal black jays,
All hushed whence with thy harp thou wert in tune.
Forget not the honey days, dear, of yore,
And the souvenirs with which they went by;
Those cherished memories, sweet, are no more,
For yester, darling, was heaven with thou nigh.
As the tide of years sweeps by, remember,
Oh, darling! those past ecstasies that once we shared;
My heart to thee dear, hence did surrender,
And since for thee lone in the world I cared.
Recall that I'll love thee ever the more,
And yearn to see thy face and hear thy song;
Oh darling! I'm still waiting by the shore,
Where ships are looming, wilt thine tarry long?
Torrential waters collapsing swallow speed tunneled
Out of the cave a stream gargling throat
Falling braids haltering over mountain steep
Tousled spattering bubbles on the lake
Swaying breezily a waltz moving rounds
Rejoicing to be debating to while away
Leaning gracefully reeling swoon and pop
To fall zillions of grains as if blown of sand
Around a stone the shape of man
Having two birds perching on fingertips
Gazing at the Universe as if mapping its perplexity.
It joys my soul to stop here and have a drink
And take a look at the breast of this proud mountain to
The history of the world written on the ribs of its slopes
Caving shoulders rising-lips drinking sky
And the ancient cedars their vulturine wings
Facing space by their spearing years
Arid the years dropping ashen leaves
Floating on the ever tumbling down the yawn between
Splitting around beauty-spots merging again
Meandering down eye travel to the sea
Welcomed by brigades of thirsty spahis rushing to the
Ah! What a luscious bewildering creation
Where a world seems created but a piece of heaven in a
Here Gibran was born and reared
A boy soodling in company of his courage and hope
Seemingly indignant behind the bars of his dreams.
One day, I saw him worried
My hand upon his shoulder, I said,
"My boy, what ails you here
Don't you see this paradise of your land?"
"Father," he said,
"Here I have no plow to cultivate the field I own
And reap the harvest of my aspirations
Nor available possibilities to explore
I would a change of climate for a change of fate
My cause living the eyes of the birds
A sight cleaving into hope to find
The missing plow
Turn the earth into furrows Seed the fallow
And reap the harvest of my brain."
Son, when I think of your prudence
Reflecting shell of self words uttered of faith
Unsheathing your vision of trust
I say, God be with you
And keep sessile to your aerial of sense
Having will turn it shell and peddle oar
And sail over the ocean sweep of years
Searching for the lantern of your fate.
Gibran eyed the birds gazing in space
And the sunstruck spray rising veil
Gathering racks fading on the waste
With the wind of indignation playing dice in his mind
One moment of thought, one moment of tears
He left memory keeping the past the future the world to
Yon the horizon like a humming bird
Flitting from flower to flower
Plucking the petals of wisdom from the orchard of time
Reaping the field seeded with glints of prophecy in his
Where he wrote The Prophet and a Prophet made.
We start going back on the road we take
Walking ahead to the outset behind;
That's how of birth we are stepping to make
A ring back, on the track into the blind.
That's a round trip we are destined to run
Climbing the hill and railing down the Slack,
And railing we signal the day is done
And what is done, a journey ahead and back.
Sure, we come going with the ticks of Time,
A distance measured by fate and we fall,
Never to stand again, never to climb,
Having been back and gone beyond recall.
That's how travelers ahead walking back
Leaving impressions only of name
A memory of the walk on the track
And the track trails in smoke behind the Flame.
Listen to the sound of your inner self
Innately hidden in your blood pressure
A latent feeling of belief and doubt
The mute and dormant secret of your heart
The heart but the sinew feeding the mind
Of thoughts once rightly mothered by virtue
On the breast of piety must achieve
The tr'umph of Faith o'er the malice of doubt
To keep up the excellence of a perfect life
On your way friend find no cause to defect
Never baptize a doubt to dwell in you
A decoy of persuasion doing wrong
Be sure of yourself housing your piety
The visioned ladder of light to the clear
Hence climb the steps of virtue to your farthest reach
Committing the evil spy to the flames
True believers are the shield of sanctity
Go on my friend and smash the fear of doubt
And be adamant in your approach to God
To keep going en route to—Tomorrow
'Tis a hard thorny way to the Heavens
Walking doubtful steps in a frail belief
I dreamt my lifeline beaded with the years
Each was blinking happiness in my brain
All were spent without regrets, without tears
And I had determined to start again.
One day gleefully, I was lying at my best,
I was looking how pretty the world around
And drawing a map of dreams on my breast
When I heard: Wow! Wow!—the sound of my hound.
A teammate was passing by. "Cheers," he said,
He was elegant, bright of mind and deep
He sat down nearby drowsy and outspread
Never a word before he went to sleep.
Overhead a flock of ducks on the wing
And my dog again began to bark, wow
I took my gun, aimed well and fired to bring
One or two and they came down, but now.
My mate woke up and with a gentle sigh
Said, "What makes you so happy my friend
Look at them, one dead, the other to die
The rest are dispersed, where, who can portend."
" 'Tis forbidden to shoot game at this time
Why should you break the law for a bird,
The judge may call you to explain your crime
And the oath you've taken upon your word.
I rock and roll in a frenzy of shout .
A Bacchanal drinking the heathen wine
I meet the world without fear but with doubt
Of the gods when I move across the line.
The cup of hope frequently did I sip
And as frequent of despair did I drain
Both cups I emptied and smashed on my lip
And simply lost that which I seemed to gain.
That's why I believe to believe not
That alone I can build a bungalow
As toiling always I have had a knot
To dishevel was a bit fast or slow.
O God! give me a hand where I may be.
I have searched everywhere to no avail,
You are my lord, I'm drowning on the sea
Of your Ocean, sailing without a sail.
What's nothingness but a nothing of nothing
And the infinite but a limitless space?
What is time but a round of endless motion?
We are all within the infinite a thing
The infinite within time in every place.
And time within the nothingness a notion
Thus nothingness, time, and the infinite plod
Together along the way leading to God.
Go east to India, the land of charm
Where men with snakes twisted around their
These snakes never bite, nor cause any harm
Like those immured within the human chest.
Gandhi, the great philosopher, once said,
"We Indians are born patient and calm,
We worship our God and we seek our bread
For we read the page of life in our palm.
"We fall heads down tied to our destiny
And we grow up with fate to fall again
Naked on the trails of humanity
Caravans of magic within the chain.
"No remains but the links around
Of image to image in memory
A view of marble and firs on the ground
And shadows looming gyved each to a tree.
"There the future will be the steaming past
And we follow along the thread of years
Unloading fast where the billions are massed
To rise and meet the day of smiles and tears.
"That's why we look the hand of might to see
The veins streams of light glowing in the sky
A rainbow with colors of piety
A signal of truth for those who deny."
Gandhi died and burned, his ashes gathered
And thrown into the river fast to flow
Partly clung at the edges and were mothered
To grow well into reeds, long, long ago
Since they are cut by men, pen, and bassoon
The pen writing Gandhi's philosophy
The bassoon blown sounding the beats in tune
Of his heart surging in waves at the sea.
He, a phoenix revived by fire and pen
To live ever read in stories to right
The wax of temper in the hearts of men
The cause of hate, the foolish use of might.
Salaam on earth he preached and still preaching
By the repeated rhythm of the reeds blown
By the pen that has writ and still teaching
How to water the seeds of love where grown.
Pipe major, I hear the unheard again
The wheat wallowing by the flood of beats
Growing tops, swishing notes, rocking, swaying
With the wind, swarming bees, jazz on the plain.
O the wand! I am etherealized
In heaven I would a touch to remain
Hugging space with my arms folding the air
I hear whilst hung by charm immortalized.
Ah! there the sun in sky a glowing vein
A volcano of molten melodies
Fusing spheres into cadence, pyramids
Floating harmony, falling clouds of rain.
Leave me there on the plateau of my mind
Threading through the gravity of the strain
A breath of the pipes spirited away
Forgetting the major, a dream behind.
Eight-and-forty years ago, at this place
Not alone but with my age at that year,
I wheeled back on Time and visioned the face
Of Napoleon with two eyes and one tear.
One Austerlitz, the other Waterloo,
The true eyes of victory and defeat
The hopes and dreams were and were not true,
For the great conquest was a great retreat.
Dire Napoleon against Albion and Spain
Unsheathed the sword to fall upon the blade
And wrathfully lose which he seemed to gain,
The Empire he has made was made unmade.
Exiled, by a furious human tide
To a barren island for life to stay
Vexed, he escaped and again took a ride
To hunt bleeding hawks, but this time he was the prey.
That's a lethal glory remaining fame
A memory for those who may forget
The horrors of the earth in smoke and flame
Where the living with the living have met.
Yet he's still a flame in the cave of Time
And with the second warm tear in my eye,
I am framing with grief this humble rhyme
Of him who is a world where he doth lie.
My years waxed old and my shoulders began
To sway like a sparrow hawk in the air
That's the natural destiny of man
Who wears out in the waste of Time un'ware
When youthful I ne'er thought of sen'lity
But now being deprived of my Spring years
Walking in the Fall I feel within me
The echo of doubt the burden of fears
Old age but the dimming glory of youth
The reflection of sad eyes that view back
The delight of the past, the dreams, the truth
Of a life lived left behind on the track
Hence both age and youth were e'er never sure
To stand long against nature and endure
What a bolt from the blue falling in the west,
Building up the darkest gloom around the world,
Fringed with thunder lightnings flaring curves abreast;
Inside a nuclear weapon yet unhurled.
Look at the mountains of fume muffling the sky,
Spreading everywhere the quietus to make
Of all the life on earth to shrivel and die;
That's the truth, why should we call the truth a fake?
Pollution, gentlemen, say it, why should you blush,
The scientists are racing to catch with fame;
But who will be safe in his boat in the rush
To swim and wallow in the Ocean of flame?
Everything that goes to excess is harmful;
We have had enough of this brutality;
We need more common sense to be more thoughtful
Of the human race and its mortality.
Pollution is not a word uttered, but bane
We feel it in our breath, way down to our heart;
The smoke, the sound, the burning gas all contain
Venom, yet we cry here and there that we are
Adam ate the forbidden fruit and fell;
We are not prepared to eat the poisoned one
God when disobeyed, He created a hell;
That's why, we should look always beyond the sun.
The ten commandments said, never kill or thieve;
Thus scientists should ever look far away,
Listen to reason, through the gloom to perceive,
The danger of their deadly arms on their way.
The world is beautiful, with the rose, the grass,
The plum in flower, the bush, and the briar,
The plains, the spring, the winter, the life we pass
With our children, why should we not shun the fire?
There's no loss equal to that of the world
Common sense love conscience and sanctity
That's why the vexed unhappy gods have hurled
Their wrath thoughtful of our morality
No worst then the ill will reared in the chest
Of nations growing pollution to bear,
I cried ere long and my cries were ne'er yessed
O world, just once listen and be aware
Of the damaging noise and the thick smoke
The strong reek of powder in your big nose
Can't you smell, can't you foresee the death stroke
A deciphered quietus coming close
Where's your faith your virtue your piety
To think of mankind kindly as a whole
And defy this coming catastrophe
To make heaven life and living your goal
The scientist is naught but a trained thief
Who thieves from nature its hidden forces
That was and still is my presumed belief
A cause to block all the harmful sources
In the schools go back to nature to live
Peacefully without the thick of the fray
Then our heavenly God will surely give
His blessing for us to live free and gay
Look up at this cloudless nightfall, sky
The dream of man living the wilds of hope
Limitless, bejeweled horizons tilting down
Pulsers heart manner beating forms
A ressau of starfish shapes, gleaming big nail tops
In the blue
A milky way insight spreading clouds of dust
Light in the dark everywhere.
And the scientist, a horseman spurring up
Top to explore
Gathering microelements to diagnose
And learn the why of these objects in this universe
Kept spinning to keep being
The atom he enslaved a sky lab in flight
Trying to open a wider passage through the gate
Of the unknown to make it known.
And I sit a stone gazing wondering the charm
Of these infinite indicators on the floor of Time.
Decoyed by false ambition yesterday
When a horrible back we have made
Lost the plus minus gained and went astray
Blood dripping down from the edge of the blade
Sixt’en years we lived wrestling our doubts and fears
Sixt’en years we lived with our acrid sorrow
Sixt’en years we lived with our warmest tears
Yes all these years we lived wait’ng our morrow
But why had we had wars for fifteen years
And self destruction to the sad extreme
Through the most dreadful drive to the frontiers
Of nothingness across a lethal stream
The stream of blood by the sword had been made
The alien sword unsheathed by a hired hand
The hand that killed by alien aid and blade
Was the hand of a guess to understand
Yes fifteen years in the thick of the fray
Waiting relief from those parrots who came
To unravel our knot but where are they
Who accomplished nothing but blame and shame
Their aim at aim was ‘bout gath’ring windfall
Having kept in purdah their attitude
Hence their soft tidings meant nothing at all
Nothing byt the hue of a rainbow viewed
Friends but why like a bundle of fire wood
Burning by the match of a mean intrigue
Remember your centuries of broth’rhood
Your heydays without bloodshed and fatigue
Be eagle like with a trapeze of sway
Equal to your traditional fame of old
The time your ships braved every shore and bay
And your name was the main star in the fold
Go ye a pilgrim to Baghdad and look
At the world marching to bury a world
He, the tongue of wisdom in speech and book
Was shot and to the grave of time was hurled
Rustum, the mason of the Arab land
Was carving the pillar of liberty
From the firm Arabia granite by hand
A sign of valor, love and unity.
Feisal the great kind knew he was the brain
The vision of hope to rebuild the empire
Like him rarely a man to live again
A man with a heart of prudence and fire.
Truly the empire he planned in his mind
From the Atlantic to the Gulf to be
For the generations to come behind
A huge bastion of might and chivalry.
At the grave they bid him farewell today
And the drumfire ser the heaven to flame
He isn’t dead, he’s walking the years, they say
With the greatest name of glory and fame.
O friend, bother me not;
‘Tis said and why to explain?
So be as it comes
Being such be sure of the signal code,
Wind wafted tapping morse on your brow
Missing message have a senescent soothsayer
To read the duplicate copy printed on your palm.
Listen then, and learn about a presumption said
Of a sentence, whose period mark remains the point,
Where to start and where to stop again
Between periods all the way through to retire
With a final dash over the bridge raised by the years.
The distance of a javelin throw measured by leagues to fall
At the terminal, where you’ll have your warrant
Signed, dated with a ticket in your name;
En route look at the smoke fading away,
Perhaps a memory of the short trip,
The ashes left behind.
Beirut, July 4, 1979
Only yesterday they were here;
Padeshahs masters and slaves;
Turbans disciples and bards;
Sages philosophers and bards
Where are they now?
Sir, «I hear a fading sound», Sam said
«Behind the door, Sir»
Open the door, Sam, and call them in.
«They are not there, Sir.»
«They are gone and gone the sound, Sir»
That’s how successive generations pass,
Voices heard fading gone,
Nothing left but the scattered stones
And scarcely a scribbled name on sand.
I sat late in my garden last night;
One rosebud opened and forgot to close;
Others were still sleeping in the moon light,
One fuchsia drooping down tickling the rose
Whispered, «Look the face of the moon the slopes
The shattered ugly spines of mountains high;
All tourists went there, came back without hopes
To find a garden like this in the sky.»
The iris with petaline dangling lips
Cried, «Where’s found the sole power to create
Who were them those who made me the clever trips
To heaven to see the garden of fate?»
The yellow corn cob with a tassel spake:
«Why argue about what’s still in the blind?.
Your syllogism but a sunless mistake,
Since you aren’t the right explorers to find
Paradise the holy garden in space.»
September 27, 1984
Timid the strains I hear tonight yearning fall
Breath of the spheres keyed cadence break
Into breakers of harmony, drifting foam enthrall
The outgoing travelers to listen, swoon and brake;
This improvised stroke of excellence supreme
Has beyond doubt taken the world by surprise,
Caging the nightingales spell-bound perching dream
To fly away, unable to cup their wings and to rise.
And I stand here, pencil in hand, showing
A sketch of the universe punctuated on the sheet of time,
Gallies floating on the ocean of distance, rowing
By the oars of rhythm in unison of a perfect prime.
O God! What are these strains swelling into cascade?
Could it be that this bowed heaven above decreed a bow
With the heart-strings of Israfel, stretched from end to end,
a lute made.
Tuned for the world to hear this celestial melody now?
Or the reveling Muses who have opened their gates tonight
And out with their heavenly hosts serenading from star to star,
Drenching the earth by the sweet echo of their ravishing
With Apollo singing and sweeping the strings of his
Playing measures comminglig feet welcoming the gods
to their abode
In the remote town of Baalbeck at the welkin stretch on
Leading to the well, welling forth glowing meteorites of
harmony to feed
The sun with life feeding the earth to awaken the dormant
Orpheus pull out the strings of my heart
And stretch them head to bottom on your lyre;
Tighten them, tune them and please quickly start
The yearning melodies of my desire.
Thanks Orpheus, now let me hear the strain
Of the tuneful Nine sent across the years
The soft rhytm within the gales of the spheres.
Have the strings wire deciphered notes to tell
The secret of this being having no end
Kindle the notes,feed the fire, make it swell,
Burn the world with music to comprehend
The meaning of this ecstasy is in the lay,
Since time was born out of time yesterday.
August 4, 1984
In thee bloomed my betime thought of love
Like a lovely rosebud rainbow hued
In the morning when singest the dove
Its celestial hymns of gratitude.
Ah! Beloved love’s cupful did I drain
The which opiate like seized my head
And now I feel that I am in Spain,
Building seven airy castles to remain
Wonders held up by our loving thread.
Ah! the Linnet chants sweetly and low
Our love songs out of a yearning breast
That call me lure me but I must go
Forward on the road that leads me west.
Days seem centuries since we parted,
Yet our past is still sacred and fair
And I’ll ever be broken hearted
Till I reach the west and meet you there.
Oct. 26, 1930
Yesterday I was the prince of my youth;
Today I’m the emperor of my years.
My empire but a domain of the truth,
A smile in the spring in winter but tears.
Withal still out looking for what I’ve lost
And counted the years like eggs in a tray,
I found all were empty shells, tempest-tossed,
Dreams that pass without a permit to stay.
I would that I could hark back one fullday,
She beside me talking about our future;
But alas! I was wounded by fate to stay
With a surgeon without a suture.
Youth and age without love naught but despair,
So why should I hence worry or care.
O World! Our world has become a world of pain,
Murder torture empty houses and despair;
Our people herded slaughtered on hill and plain
O world! Is there no world in this world to care?
Grief calls for drinking, let us drink hard tonight
Cup of the future, forgetting our pain
And a cup dripping from the sinews of might
To show the world that our drink was not in vain.
Yes, friends tonight the cup tomorrow the blade;
Heaven born heroes of the old Cederland
Be ready to stand unyielding unafraid
To grasp the reins of your destiny in hand.
Through our homes have been burned and scarcely remain,
Withal out from the flames we shall rise again,
With our flags of love and liberty unfurled
Over our dear land to tease this cruel world.
January 10, 1984
Although you keep cradling it
Since the push over of your wisdom teeth,
You can’t keep it steadily under control
As it hops up by the wings of your success
Vice Versa it slopes down
To the level of your failure.
‘Tis the morse drumming cipher the beats of your heart
Within the medium of your contemplation
To keep the vigor of your endeavour;
Be aware of making anchor on the rocks
Doing nothing but twiddling your thumbs
Slothful to bait a hook of prudence
In the ocean of knowledge
Nor lay your nets of common sense
In the lake of self reliance
To make a hopeful catch of chance;
So be ambitious my boy and remember
That those ambitious immigrants
Made America by their ambition.
Last night I dreamt a dream;
Early morning ‘twas forgot,
I tried my memory to no avail;
I went out for a walk
To forget the worry of what was forgot
On the way I passed a weeping willow and wept
For a memory I buried there, and then
I passed a forest where I saw
A billowing reptile crossing the road.
Frightened, I ran into the wood deep;
I stood there and began to call for help;
A huntsman responded to my call
And one pull of his trigger made it.
By the time my heart was steady,
I heard a nightingale singing;
I listened and was pleased
And began to dream again
Of building airy castles, in Spain,
Near by a Catholic church
O the melody of the chiming bells!
I woke up and realized that
I was dreaming dreams within a dream;
That’s the true meaning of life;
A continuous reverie of tops and slopes.
Leading finally to the period
Within a question mark.
Having lost the spring would I in the fall
Find a lone green leaf still hung on my tree,
When the stem drying core dried all in all
Leaving but the fiber of will in me.
I call to mind those moments of glory,
Climbing the tower of age with power
Alas! Those moments were transitory,
And I wait the coming time hour by hour.
Would age allow me a bonus of youth
Within a reason I’d try deciphering
The code of this fog-bound life and its truth,
Though such a trial might be saddening;
But why should I keep struggling with fate,
When I cannot take an adamat stand?
Be it as it comes be it soon or late,
It being but a shadow caught my hand.
Man get wise to understand what it was
And how it could be wisely understood
Through an enigma of origin thought
Try to unfold how would a seed grow up
Out of the earth into the sky to drink
Falling back to begin from the beginning
All beg’nnings must have an end to begin
In a circle circling within the ring
The ring but space and the objects in it
We look at them agape without knowing
Of their end to know of their beginning
Lift your head up drink sky and think again
Would that be a burst from the womb of earth
Caught by a circle of the circling ring
Some say it’s a miracle and some say
‘Tis life caught within a circle to remain
Unknown from the beginning to the end
Lift your head up drink sky and then think again.
August 20, 1984
To pull out the fang of doubt in my mind
And under the influence of my soul,
I went out wandering in a forest near by
Seeking amongst the grass of history
The roots of mankind
Origin growth and mutation
Having thought of Darwin and Mendel,
I climbed up the tallest trees
To make the daily exercises of origin,
Replacing tail by a coil of thoughts
I hang up
I began swaying to and fro,
And felt that I was at the top of the world,
Shaking loose like a tassel of a Turkish fez,
Tantalizing a tribe of monkeys and apes,
Who were driven round the bend
And who mimicked me and stood agape
Overhead, remnant clouds drizzling
When all of a sudden I saw
Colours like bamboo reeds, arched up and down
That brought to memory the astronauts
Who made it up to the moon,
Hunting a speck in the universe,
Trying to bring to light the hidden secrets
Of the what the why the is and the was
Of nature and all the natural reactions
Which account for the existence
Of matter and life.
Excited I took a leap and made a loop up
Through the tubes
And down went I swimming to earth
With my courage teething fear
I pulled up to stand and walk,
When I felt a nightmare lying flat on my breast
«Who are you?» I said,
«I am the shadow of your doubt;
I am the deep unconquerable well of life»
I called up my soul for council
And she said:
«Why worry about a lost key
When the lock was never found,
For the deceptive hidden gate of mystery
Where origin growth and mutation
Will ever remain the hidden secret
In the green house of creation?»
November 8, 1982
In the dark I can touch a star by sight
And I can slight a distant king by lip,
I can shoot down a passerine in flight
I can grow on wood on a mountain hip
But can I move one inch more than I can
If I can’t, can you please tell me who can?
Since the creation of the single cell
And its mutation into man and ape
Sages of old often tried to foretell
The hyle of life its origin and shape –
But they have utterly failed to unshell
The innermost of the gene in the shell
Life is not a secret but a true fact
But not within the reach of the small man
Scientific research has its counter act
As thus no one can save the Lord who can
More what can’t be moved by man – more exact
He can run a stream from an empty can.
Ergo, why should I slight a distant king?
Why should I shoot a passerine in flight?
I believe in Him without questioning,
To keep moral excellence in His sight.
July 31, 1984
Why look far away into the no end
When you can’t view a hill beyond your sight?
Better look within your limits my friend
To distinguish the black from the white.
Walk the distance allowed within reason
And be lidless in your expedition;
Your hopes may star during a good season
Yet may be the highway to perdition;
Look how the years fly and we miss the glare;
Look how a child grows on the ash of the days;
Look at the mirror of life and be aware
Of the gloom ahead and the spreading haze.
So why look away into the no end
When you’re still featherless – should you pretend?
October 20, 1984
Tourists were all eyes looking on Yesterday
The ancient enigma of the massive walls,
Where nature gave birth to Age residing stay
The strict guardian against Time in the halls.
Thunder bolts flashed to crack the adamant stone;
The flash was defied and the walls still stark stand
Against the contending years passing thus moan
Their failure to resolve the walls into sand.
The stones were quarried from hills of patience made
To build thus walls as thus by magic untold
This thisness by that thatness that held and stayed,
The aging heirloom against time never old.
Baal lived here down in the mouth left in rage;
Bacchus hacked the vine and buried the jars deep;
Zeus gathered sages and asked for a presage;
All said, «Shun the guardian who ne’er goes to sleep.
All creations are subject to birth and age
Various varieties that make the whole,
Thus the whole but groups of actors on the stage
Of them the fugitive gods who sent this call:
«Tourists, remember that the walls of Yesterday
Will ever be the home for Age living stay.»
November 7, 1984
If you can not cheat Time by your laughter
Why cheat your wrinkles, dyeing your gray hair?
If you be carefless to care threreafter,
Who care to care about your careless care?
Try talking to your shadow, the land’ll hear
Your secret wafted by the air descried,
So why be a yam-spinner, change, up cheer
The truth of shadow of God at your side.
The walks of life are of different shades;
Choose like the one leading to your dignity;
Missing links of truth whets the doubtful blades,
Cutting sinews of your integrity
Be true to yourself and keep your gray hair
To match well with the wrinkles of your face;
Old age should be revered without despair
Having had a natural touch of grace.
Once the break of dawn o’er our hills was seen
The cock crew the darkness dwindled away
The perching sparrows on the trees had been
Wake-rife to fly and chorus on their way
On the wing rising up they brigaded
Winged shuttles swift in their flight o’er the plain
So admirable were they grey-bladed
Lost in heaven like angels back again.
That was the time of my coffee outside
Sitting alone; under the banyan tree
Nigh the adventitious roots along-side
Hung up soodling to the ground close to me;
The wind through the leaves made a swishing sound
Like snakes in front of gleaners gliding free
I listened well and presumed to have found
That the trees have a breath like you and me;
One quick look at heaven while thinking, I
Thought of creation wondering linkin
Wonder to wonder descried testify
That trees in their wake are reticent thinking.
Of the light spun forest of threads to be
The hued weft of life giving evidence
By the heart of man the pith of a tree
Alike in feed growth pulse and excellence.
That’s why I say and repeat that one day
Trees will tell sister trees to be heart-whole
And sneer at people who often say
That the living trees live without a soul;
Again a cup of coffee and again
The cock crew the birds arched and left away
And I left leaving a memory lane
For them to follow back home on their way.
What were those sad strains of the heart I heard last night;
Would that still be the nightingales along the years;
Are mourning the death of their shepherd who did write
That soulful ode with the ink derived from his tears?
Possessed with the ecstasy of that sound,
I resolved to beat the bounds of this land
And with the gumption of dire Hannibal
I braved the mighty roar
On pilgrimage to the ancient city of Rome.
I wandered around and saw
The remaining relics, shattered stone remains,
Aging patiently and fading against
The blowing winds the pattering rains,
Odl rugged rocks staring haggardly,
Weeping pebbles, the years of yesterday.
Gazing at this fateful sequence
Of emperor empire master and slave,
With their edifice of triumph destroyed,
Would I be the first man to say
That time contains never contained
Having destiny and fate
The hands that give and take
The power that opens at will
Every door and shuts every gate?
Or it’s natural phenomenon,
Keeping whole the complexities of being
Governed and sheltered in a haven of perpetual mystery,
Processing through lanes tactfully designed,
Crossing the fallow of the vast to remain
Ever mysterious and forever its perdurable property.
That’s truly the wondrous tale of time
The years that come going,
Leaving behing colonies of stones,
Masons, philosophers, poets, scholars
Who have quarried the rocks of knowledge,
Built halls of wisdom
Everywhere on the hills of immortality
And then passed to remain
Lingering shadows of their remains
And now I am here, O Rome,
Walking on your hills, losing time gaining age.
One look at the shore;
One step in the grave yard
To kow-tow over the grave keen and pray
For a denizen who in your bosom doth lie
Bones of glory ribs of fame
Keats, O Rome!
The poet, the shepherd of the flocks
Them ever bereft nightingales ever heard,
Utering a continuous flood of moans,
As long as time wheels on,
And they breed new generations to sing
Of him who had a hasty look on time
And left a floating name
On the lake of weeping eyes.
April 23, 1974
Why come and leave leaving a wound behind
Catch collapse of your courage and believe
In the natural refl’ctions of the mind
Have your dreams satisfied and never grieve
Nor cloak your cherished desire in the blind
Passion should ne’er be yoked by oppression
We are born naked and should remain free
Our freedom’s our right and self possession
Hence we ‘ve no bones about our liberty
When the whole world’s refusing suppression
Come, come back to me beloved and forget
The worries of your hopes and dreams in min
And remember our thrill the time we met
And you left leaving a deep wound behind
Me thinks that perfection descended from the skies
That is a nymph with a twin of dark piercing eyes
Paraissent le Dimanche in the French Images
As the quessn thought of all bards in all languages
Tell me, O tell me! by the planets that are above
Who is the heavenly herald who is the dove
That thrilled to our midst from yon horizon and sea
To cry live Egypt live independent and free
She is Venus and the marrow of liberty
She came to carve with letters of perpetuity
Over Egypt in the sky withal on the sea
Live Egypt down the ages and God be with thee
Byron, lord of verse I prize yoru wisdom
Isles of thought you have built out of the sea
By which and of which you ‘ve made a kingdom
Of the most efficacious poetry
What po’tic stones you ‘ve carved out of the wave
To have built your boulder rhymes of the sea
I trow that the Heav’ns that give giving gave
You the sapience of mind to write and be
The sovereign bard of the mighty road
Who mounted the steeds to Rome, Greece and Spain
Foot in stirrup trotting from shore to shore
A triumph made on the watery plain
Ever since, the world has written your name
On the wave that made the oc’an of your fame
Nour was my neighbor once upon a time
She was cute intellectual and bright
A lady of charm of grace lore and rhyme
Who excelled the muse in their po’tiv flight
‘Twas a dear moment the moment we met
Gazing at her face “good morning” she said
Since that moment I forgot to forget.
The thrill still thrilling gently in my head
She befriended the Alphabet and made
A school garden of letters scholars bred
Talented cultured united arrayed
Freed extremes kissed the book took oath and said
Nor your image shall e’er be in our mind
A to’ring pillar of education
A crown of culture and wisdom combined
Honored and acclaimed by all the nation
So sad to ‘ve the gloom on a sunny day
With the earth shuddering under my feet
For the sage who left fore’er yesterday
To join Gibran and Amin in their ‘treat
He trowed that Time but the breeding of thought
Inherently bred by the human mind
Thereof he weaved threads of glory and wrought
The shroud of knowledge in which he’s confined
Thus him who stood on the platform of Time
Holding in his right hand the flag of flame
For his sapient philosophy and rhyme
Which moved the whole world to applaud his name
Na’my the leading light dashing did seem
In the open space of wisdom to find
The equation of the univ’rse the theme
Of creation which are still in the blind
So he turned over the pages of life
And with the wings of thought to the no end
Yon the stars and byond keeping the strife
To conquer all the more and comprehend
How to climb the slopes of the future heights
There upon penetrate into the core
Of the infinite where the visioned sights
Were his target endeavor to explore
O Child, why like a spear the air cleaving
To lands unknown beyond our beloved shore
Behind your mother and home why leaving
Leaving the spear of distance in our core.
Come back, come back to us, our darling dear
Your daughter and sisters always weeping
Weeping the travel wings of doubt and fear
A timeless vigil in sleep kept keeping.
Our home but a memory of the past
And the past but a shadow of you here
Pacing the hall to and fro, slow and fast,
And we call him by name but he doesn’t hear.
O child! O heart! beyond our will offshore
The skirt of hope we wear but we can’t touch
Take out the spear of distance from our core
For we love you child much more than too much.
Awake, and how I look fronting me, beams
A shadow of light every which way seems
The Lord walking the seventh floor of sky,
Frowning He looked at the world and passed-by.
Near behind was trailing a storm with rage
And a knight-errant gloom aging to cage
The land and no gay stars to lead my way;
By ballot in mind I resolved to stay.
Meanwhile, thunder struck storm echoed a sound;
I stood self-possessed like a pyramid bound,
Listening well and a voice in the sound said:
"But why should they kill and torture the dead?
"I gave them power to reason and love
The word made FLESH and heavens above;
Why reject the divine message and hence
Wreck and ruin the world by violence?"
Still awake and how I look away beams
A Shadow of light every which way seems
The Lord walking the seventh floor of sky
Frowning He looked at me and said, goodbye!
With the errant breeze
Odiferous was her breath
Across a ridge of flowers
Looking at her possessed
She gave the glad eye
I dialed a wish
She willed with a strong desire
And we crossed the frontiers
At half past the hour
My hand around her waist,
Her finger tapping below my ear
On tip toe she stood
A heart melting model we made
What a cast of souls we did feel
Lip to lip, heart to heart beating
O! What passion what a fair deal
Of happiness without cheating
Having staged our affaire de coeur
We left hold of our pyramid and moved on
Passersby whistled and cried
Gossip filled the town
And a rush of people hurried out
To see what was strange
We came with them to the spot
Frost, I freeze with the mention of your name,
Yet with the sunshine glittering from your ink;
I warm up and revert to my selfsame
To write of you in verse truly what I think.
Oft I roam in the farm you left behind
And on the old rocks you were sitting I stand,
Looking the universe you had in mind,
Where I see the world but a speck at the strand.
At eve came the tramps asking where to find,
The man who disagreed to give them a hand;
And I looked at them and said, there behind
That rugged wall, there's a mound of earth and sand.
I gazed at the moon slanting far away
With the shuttling beams, warping threads of the gleam,
Weaving the years he lived a tongue, to say,
Here lies Robert Frost, the everlasting dream.
Yes, he lies stilly with time never dead,
Never a fountain of wisdom seres to flow,
Never a print can be marred of what's said,
And what he has said in print, will ever glow.
Frost the poet and the bard, I declare,
That he built forever the greatest empire,
The crown was offered to him and the chair,
Which will never be destroyed by time or fire.
Than the strangers left walking in the gleam,
And the gleam was dimming behind and before;
They faded away with their hopes and dream,
And back to the mountain land, they came no more.
A to Z
a distance of rounds
Out within outer
finger bent to thumb
a ring back
of hill and slack
forest and sky
a thieving sight
a painting made.
The bee buzzing round back
bearing pollen flower suck
a theft made honey.
The cow thieves the grass to milk
the earth thieves the water to yield grain
and nature thieves time to make
the world a flower.
to be a man of excellence, my boy,
make a round
hail, smile shake hands
make a finger count
to make a thief
thieve, the thieves
all thieves around
will call you, "the Clever finger."
Since birth and we are consumed like a pyre
Out of nothingness into nothingness
We return but ash of the burning fire.
What a bewildering timeless process!
That's why we ponder again and again
The theme of science to the wide extreme;
Perhaps with a test tube we might attain
A spark of hope in the ash of our dream.
Though conscious of time and the whistle-stop
The curb leading road to our destiny,
We can't help but go on and on to drop
From the eaves of the world falling down free.
The soul from its burden of blood and clay
Out of the human chest into the chest
Of heaven led by the First Cause to stay
Where there's a divine sway of love and rest.
Yet we keep tracing the mystery claimed
Of a godless secret we still ignore,
The eighth puzzling miracle still unnamed,
Breath and clay a merger made at the shore.
How oft I watched the sunrise beyond yon
And yon I haven't seen but the heaving foam
Where the ship with my heart is sailing on
To harbor at sunset away from home.
And how oft I came to think but never thought
The thoughts I am thinking now of my loss,
Deserted with the strings of hope
I caught Like a penitent at a weeping cross.
This blank Janus, faced world should I abhor
Or steep in Lethe to swoon and forget
That there was such a joke having in store
But empty hopes and the dreams we regret.
Dreadful to bear the thought of a long sleep,
To hush the divine voice of love in pain,
The blitz of doom in a bosom to keep
With a coal living fire ablaze in the brain.
I am perceiving the years of grief ahead
And I'll dwell on them the rest of my life.
How can I forget the moment she said
"Shed no tears, that's the true meaning of life."
I shall live hence and let my voice be heard.
Charged with my forlorn melody to span
All over the earth with my saddest word
To mourn the dead heart of every living man.
Two bodies one of the other sprung
Tempted by a serpent
God's Command disobeyed
A frailty caused the fall
Adam on earth
A period and a question mark
Overcame the deluge by the ark
Aging progeny has grown
Waves of the human tide foamed
Over the ocean of mortality
Surging generations billowing to the shore
Breaking through gravitation caged recoil
Being caught by the dragnet of nature.
We read this story to remember we forgot
And since the brain is seething in a beaker of common sense
The ingredients of reason in the mind
Hopes and dreams cooked realized
Doubt fumed knowledge distilled
Theories established laws declared
A ladder of facts and we climb on and up
On the drumming beats of our hearts
On the moon we make a short stop
We hoist a flag and take snapshots
Look around and carry the years in a bag of sand
Scud again into the clear dive homeward and plunge
Where the waiting crowds applaud
A crater of water on the Atlantic made.
People of earth, better listen and awake
Science is the devil's decoy of persuasion
An imp of subtle ideas in each mind
Offering the glass of pleasure a poisoned grape
And man gulled swallows the potions prepared
Being drugged never dreams but of fame
When the world is stifling by the flame
So the question mark remains
The mystery of the world on the stage
Where the tragedy of life is played
With Satan dissimulated setting the plot
The climax of dynamite, the last episode.
Gentlemen, I am talking to you now
I know that you are busy with your test tubes
But you may spare a moment to look up
A loft not too high, not too low
Only overhead the danger of the spreading smoke
Be wise and read the past to make the future mean
A finger bite later on would be too late, too late
Having lost paradise
Why make a fatal pratfall again
Dot the period a fullstop and pull down the blind?
Who fight for the rights of man and they abuse them
They break all the laws and pretend to protect them
They eat the fish and they sell the scales a dear gem
They smash and grab nations and others they condemn
And they say we have made this civilization
They've polluted the world by their so called wisdom
They have poisoned the people with chemicals made
They have ruined the conduct of man and seldom
Like the Vikings they haven't made a disturbing raid
And they say we have made this civilization
They killed millions of people in the first world war
And they killed even more in the second world war
Prepared criminals like them were not known before
Look at their warships sheltered to pillage e'ery shore
And they say we have made this civilization
God was patient with Greece and the Roman Empire
He was patient with the Ottoman Turk to rule
He was pat'ent with Hitler who had a voice like fire
Where are those powers who have gone like a whirlpool
Can they say now we h've made this civilization?
This is only a hint for those dec'itful powers
To change their attitude toward the weaker nations
Tomorrow they'll be welting like passion flowers
Be'ng destined to fall with their civilization
My good neighbors fled away,
Professeurs et Chanteurs,
And since my days that were of constant pleasure
Were faintly feeding on memory
With so often my thoughts reeved through the
Swallow of my mind
Searching for a fading reality,
Caught with the arm of melancholy
Across a barren field of despair;
Once a forest behind our fence
Where the wood choppers hacked the wood
And the dead trunks lay down on the ground
As if they were soldiers killed
During the civil wars
In Lebanon, Nicaragua or Spain.
That picture of the forest
Is still hovering in my mind;
Of the birds banished,
Of their kingdom destroyed,
By that cruel hand of man,
Whose illusory fingers seemed
In the distance like snakes
Gliding through my body
Through every vein.
I looked up to the sky;
There was no reply;
I looked everywhere;
I saw nothing but the forest
Of scraggy teeth, the stumps that remain,
And my hopes remained
Blown by the wind,
Scraping like chaff on sand.
And ever since, I wake up,
Looking into a panorama of memories,
Growing a wood of yearning thoughts
In a lingering reverie of the past.
Men through the ages my story should read,
A child forlorn driven out of my land,
Walking the years in memories to bleed
And the world refused to give me a hand
I walked on the desert of time e'erywhere
Not a tree, not a blossom, not a stream,
Nothing but the barren sands and despair
And the im'ge of my father in my dream.
My old father was killed at Deir Yassin,
My mother , my sister were also slain,
The world was blind but the blood I have seen
Gushing out from those dearest hearts again.
The U.N. should have been the sword to shield
The rights of man and his integrity,
The heavily armed brigade on the field
To smash the oppressors of liberty.
But 'tis a tavern for talk, wine and dice,
The Superpowers take their drinks and go,
The small and weaker nations pay the price
Then comes Sam and the Bear to close the show.
A child I was lost-but now a man found,
I have learned that men since out of the caves
Were the poor serfs of power and the pound
But now they are slaves ruled by master slaves
How could I forget the floor smeared with blood
At home where I was born to live and die,
The shattered graves I have seen when a flood
Of images I dream was in my eye
That's why I chose the sharpened sword at last
To regain my land, home and liberty
And show the world that I'm not an outcast
But a hero of might on land and sea.
Should Isr'fel break the news of a peril soon
What would happen to you Cocks leading the walk
Would you hence keep chanting "au claire de la lune"
Or would you keep silent and afraid to talk?
Better stop hugging your ill'sions of Power
And remember those dreadful tyrants of might
Who oft'n fanned the flame and burned their own tower
Hence be wise and halt measuring your short height
Nip in the bud your disguised quarr'ls and be friends
The world's waiting for your nuclear accord
Make Irish and spit on your palm and shake hands
To endorse your word and attain your reward
Otherwise the lips of time for ever ‘ll speak
About the murd'r of your common sense in jail
Be careful and stop your game to hide and seek
To avoid being the cocks who crow and fail
"Why be a word spoken wearing a shroud
Of worries liv'ng a stranger in your home
Shun being vexed e'er like a beetle browed
Make it right and beat it over the foam
Where old timers'll be waiting at the shore
To welcome and love you forever more
Your pals who upon your departure wept
Were stunned at the reason for which you left
Cleaving the dreadful billows you have cleft
To the old world where you are worried now
A stranger in your home; 0 friend! but how
A man like you would yield to what's in-ept"
Go back your pals '11 be waiting at the shore
To welcome and love you forever more"
By crystal gazing was eyed an image
Of a prophecy told long long before
By the sages of a remote dim age
That Salah shall be coming to restore
The freedom of the Arab land again
Should we believe in sages when we read
About the man who was the blade of time
The time our homeland was shattered to bleed
And all the Arabs 'ere busy making rhyme
Forgetting the blaze of their matchless fame
Why should we be like a truant look lost
On the floor of fate leaving not a trace
Though we had oceans of knowledge left tossed
Drying slowly like the Dead Sea in space
Why not our tradition of mark retrace
And be eagle eyed of vision to see
The star of our ancient glory in space
Why not keep our self reference and be
Like Tarik who cried here was heard in Spain
Where are those men of old where are they hence
Those who were bold as brass on land and main
And who've won their grandeur and eminence
By the blade of their will during their reign
Shouldn't we have leaders of their kind again?
Besides shouldn't we trow in sages we read
About the prophecy told long before
Wasn't our great Salah who believed and freed
The gates of old Salem in days of yore?
Break a stone, the shattered chips’ll counteract
The wrack of a natural existence
By the vexed flying bits of resistance
To keep the original state intact
All beings have self defense as can be
Man, animal, plant matter all react
When usurped of their freedom and attacked
To preserve unscathed their own entity
Nature willingly never willed a change
Since the primal chaos was pacified
To form this cosmos by laws fortified
Though, the confsion was suppressed yet so strange
To find puffing nations like turkey cocks
With their chaotic and chimeric views
Trying to chase out the hawks from their mews
Who ruled the skies and tamed the highest rocks
Fools never take the bent of circumstance
Nor would they stop their untenanted claim
Gulled reaping the air, gleaning grains of shame
On the barren sands of their petulance
That's why centuries they spent in dismay
Without a sun, a moon, a star, a ray
Self stabbed in the dark living death to stay
Forever bleeding the years of yesterday
Dispersed everywhere up the devil's sleeve
Punch-drunk and strayed from the purpose they seek
Though in the wrong they would not eat the leek
Nescient un'ware to vision nor conceive
That a rampant gale wouldn't alarm the sea
Nor a spid'ry nation could weave a plan
To confuse the world nor any one can
Fetter fate to have a new destiny
Why should you tarry so long in your defile
Speed to the heights showing how to climb the slopes
On top look at the UN's tavern and smile
Where all the weaker nations have lost their hopes
Be not like a slumbering cloud on a crag
Breathing out in the air drying without rain
That's how vapid nations lag behind and sag
Like a welting flower drying on the plain
Be like a storm cloud out of the sea with rain
Winter finished, the budding spring will flower
Haste then to build as once you have built in Spain
With blocks of wisdom for the world a tower
A light house for those astray to gain the light
A palace of justice for the rights of man
A peace keeping force with full powers and might
To indicate to the whole world that we can
Teach the people how to climb the highest slopes
To build on top a love nest for all to dwell
In a world of democracy full of hopes
A paradise inside this our present hell.
Egypt the brave, the triumphant the great
Holding the reins of time in a clever hand
Having completely prepared signaled date
Six October She cried and the world hushed
Listening for the first shot across the canal
Which registered for the Arabs a new fate
Shadows of ghastly shapes flying were seen
Stretching range no dust rising from their sweep
Seeming hawks falling wings bursting shells
Shrapnel scattered deadly weapons had been
Leaving fetid ledges of the dead on the scene
Barley burning huddled ashes heap against heap
And over Sinai the austral winds wafted
The sweet sabulous scent of liberty
Egypt trust in God but not in a deceiving sprite
Seeming fey withal a snake hidden amid grass
Be aware of the fangs trickling bane honey taste
And drop the potion given in drafts for a grain of sand
Remember Salah ed-Din the wing of might
Who healed the wounds of this country in days of yore
By the whistling blade of his native song
When the Holy city of the oppressors he freed
Egypt grasp the hilt again and sharpen the shining steel
Have the river Jordan a current of glints flowing gore
Move fast over sand moor and mere beyond every pale
Tarnish the sun with the darkest gloom of dust
Rebellious under the rioting hooves of your Arabian breed
And hurl the seven gates open for all nations entrance free
Having freed Jerusalem you would have freed the World
And the world will outright repeat "Egypt the great".
إن رست جبال المشيب على كتفيك وعصفت عواصف الزمان في دنياك يوماً ونال منك الوهن فما لك من نصير يا صاحبي إلا الشجاعة والصبر، حديقة العقل طعم ثمارها حصافة الفكر وبعث الآمال
من مناهل الرشد.
لذا خذ المداد من عصارة العصور حكمةً وامسك بصوارم الإيمان واكتب على وميض نصالها العمر كله رمال صحراء وآمال وسراب لذا كن أشد من الحوام وافرح إن تركت وسم برثن على ورك جبل ليبقى ثروة الحياة مع البقاء. هنا دع الشك عنك وانظر إلى أبواب السماء مؤمنأ بالله وأنت على مرقاة الأيام قف وانظر إلى هناك، هناك على طريق السنين أجذال تحترق في غابة الحياة والدخان يغطي السهول
والأرياف والعاصفة أبداً عاتية والغيوم باقية خصام بينها وارتطام بريق ثم ظلام هنا تنشق يا صاحبي رياح الشباب وانس الكهولة والعذاب واذكر صهيل الخيل وهمس العذارى وحنين الأحباب وعند الوداع
قف بشجاعة قبل الغروب واستغفر الله عند الغياب .
من قصيدة له يخاطب البحر، فيقول :
"كن سريعا" كلحاظ العين ارتفاعاً
وانظر من الافق إلى الهوادي، في البحر، أبدًا عطشى للحرية
تسجد، وبقدرة قادر تنهض كالمصلين ما بين المد والجزر ..
الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر ....
لقد ايقنت أن الهوادي آمنت بالانجيل والقرآن ديناً... وأنا أنظر اليها تركع بخشوع وتعمد الشواطئ وتصلي صلاة الغروب والفجر على الرمال.
تتراجع لتبشر بالتقوى ما بين الأسماك وسائر الكائنات في البحر.
هكذا، عظمة عظام الوجنتين تبقى مع الدين عبادةً، ومع الحرية يقظةً وجهاداً. والخيول أبداً في الطراد تحثها الركاب لتواكب الرياح مسيرة وأنفاسها براكين بخار تتصاعد سحباً سابحات في الفضاء تتلاطم وتتلاحم أصواتها رعوداً، وبرقها يستشعر كسيوف الشعراء بالفكر الثاقب الوضاح .
سبحانك ربي، هذه الحاميات للبحار والغاديات للبراري كيف تحن لمرابطها ورضيعها، وتهادن الشواطئ لتلملم عباها وتجري، وهي كالتراب على الممرات تنقلب، عمائم بيضاء، فرق جهاد موحدة وموحدة توشوش بعضها بعضاً أسرار الخلاص من العبو دية، فتنصهر مع التكوين لتكون من لجب البحار مدار قوة كالمرقات على حائط الزمان ترتكز.
ومن أعلى درجاتها سمعت الأسماك وسائر الكائنات في البحر تنادي: "نحن تعمدنا وآمنا"، وآمن البحر على يد شاعر عربي .
لبنان 30 كانون التانى 1992
خذ النجيع من رعاف الفكر الثاقب وأزرق وريد الضعف في أمة آض يباس ربيعها وهرعت الى خريفها وهي لا تدري، يا ويلتاه كيف مر الزمان بها واستحالت وعرة قمر تستمد نو رها الخافت من سراج البداوة وظاهر السراب في شعاع الشمس على لرمال، أمة في ماضي الأيام هبط الوحي عليها واستحوذت على الايمان والعلوم واجتازت عتمة العماء بسلطانها، وحلت في مضافة النجوم يوماً واسرجت خيول الريح وانطلقت على المجرة إلى الزهرة وصوبت سهام مجدها إلى تخوم الفضاء وصرخت يا قدر لقد أصبحنا بعد اليوم نحن والنجوم جيران. أمة بنت قصور العدالة وقلاع مصير عاشت زمانها بعزة مع القدر وحكمت بالرشد والوجدان وحافظت على حقوق الإنسان كان من كان، هنا ظهر طمو ح بين الأفراد والطموح كثيراً ما يكون قاتلاً، وابتدأ العدوان، زعامات حطمت زعامات، وثورات مزقت وحدة الوطن وهوت الأمة فريسة شعوب رسمت لها خرائط الأوهام حدوداً، يا شعب إني أرى الكسوف وأنا في مشيب الحياة لا أرى حدوداً بل أرى هناك هناك في البعيد على النيل والفرات ودجلة سدوداً، أرى من بحر الظلمات إلى الخليج دويلات مبعثرة في أغوار المفازة خيالات في الظل ما لها وجود، يا شعب أين نحن قاطنون اليوم، والجواب عندي نحن قاطنو ن في قبور الجدود ونواطير القبور علينا شهود والأمم التي وجدت في خفايا المسافات عنا أصبحت في نيران الشمس وشموس في الوجود، هذا جزاء من يطرح ويضرب ويتو ه في الحساب ويشرب عصير الأحلام ويحلم ويمشي وهو يغني أغنية التم ولا يشعر بالحتوف والرحيل، هل هذا هو نظام الكون الذي جعل حياة الأمم كفصول السنين تمر مع الأيام وتسقط أوراق تاريخ على شاطئ الزمان موات أم أن الشيطان الرجيم لعب على حبال الخداع وعتم شعاع لغة أوحت السماء بها لأمة صاغت من الشعاع تاج النصر في الأندلس لغة الوحي تحيي أمتها كما تحيا العنقاء بعد الحريق من الرماد، لغة هذه الأمة يا قوم ما كانت يوماً إلا منجم العقل مولد الآمال شعلة تراث وقودها من ذاكرة العصور، هاتف الأجيال يصرخ على المدى ويدعو الأمة للنهوض من سباتها من خريفها الحضيض من الأكفان للحياة.
يا سادة اللغة الحياة، من دون غديرها لا تكون، عسى أن يطل الصبر علينا من الصمت جاثماً على قمم الجبال يصرخ يا عرب لما هذا الهجوع في الكهوف وانتم لا تبالون؟؟
توالفت الأوزان والقوافي اجنحة النظيم بالفكر انطادت رفوف بيان وانتشرت على مشارف الجمال في مشارق الأرض ومغاربها وهوت على ضفاف النيل وبردى بعدما اصطادها الخليل ونقش برياشها على قمم البلاغة كنوز الكون خفايا الطبيعة من الابداع ، وغزا بالشعر المستفيض بحور البيداء. هذا خليل شاعر القطرين الموحى اليه من غدير خزينة الصافي شيد منارة هداية نورها استحال مجرات نجوم وكل نجم منها سراجه شعر من أشعاره سابحات في الفضاء كالغيوم تتصافح وتبتسم ثم تندم وتطبق شفاها فترعد وتمطر دموع المحبة ما بين الانسان وأخيه الانسان فى وطن واحد موحد الى الأبد.
لذا اقول الحياة زمان وقدر تحترق كالهشيم والنادر منها يبقى وميض ماس في الرماد، هكذا ودع الخليل الأحبة والجيران وترك إرثه من الرشد أمة عطشى للإرشاد، ترك محيطات من الثقافة والرموز بعدما ابحر في بحور الأبجدية وأخذ يستقي من هديرها صفاء الفكر ومن عواصفها خبرة الأيام على دروب الأجيال فكان حصادها سنابل يانعة من الروية والايقاع ، ومناهل في الحذاقة بعدما صاغ دنيا الحروف وجعل من قرائتها صلاة ومن بنائها يقين ، هذا الجهد المبدع اخذ بعقلي الى الذهول وجعل مسار فكري كمسار الجواثم اسير احلامي بين قرب وبعد، رحم الله خليل المطران من حاك من شعاع بعلبك افكاره فكانت ثروته في الحياة والخلود، رحمات الله عليه .
أحن إليكما كل عشية وضحاها وكلما هب الريح ومر الهوا على ترابكما وتيمم وصلى وناح ء وكلما طير الليل على الأغصان شدا وغدا ما بين الأحراش والوديان وبعد ورجع الصدى من التراب أشواق وحنين وانين.
ناديت "يا جيران يا قلعة بعلبك يا حجر، من القاطنون في البيت اليوم؟"
قالوا بسام وامه في سفر ... والبيت حزين وخال ليس فيه أحد، ليس فيه إلا الغبار والقضاء والقدر."
بكيت ومشيت فكراً مع من كان لو كان اليوم ما كان الذي كان ما كان.
مع الفجر باكراً عند فتح واطباق الجفون وسنا على العيون *والشوارع مسرعةً داخل النور للخفاء، طاف نظري وطاح بقلعة جاثمة على صدر الزمان من البارحة الى غد مع الزمان مديد. هنا تآكلت العصور مع الصخور وانتصر الحجر. هنا تموت الأيام ويموت الانسان وتبقى عواميد البقاء مع الزمان قيثارة الريح تندف من الريح الحان الطيب فتهبط كالنعاس على الجفون وتكبل الطيور برخم أوتارها تغريداً فتصبح عاجزةً عن النهوض من الركو ن . قلعة تصادقت مع الزمان دهوراً في وسط اخضرار فسيح يمتد مع الغيوم تجوالاً، والغيوم كالشاش والشف الناعم تلف التلال والوهاد وتتخل شعاع الشمس ليهبط مع النسيم بطراوة ولين ويمتد الى صنين الى جبين الأرز، جبل عال يعيسش بعزلة ويطل من الافق من القرنة السوداء بعين الود والحنان ويعانق الأرز ويبتسم بسمة حياة نقشت عليها خريطة جمال فرزتها عقلنية الطبيعة . . . . قطعة من الزمان عاشها القدر. :هذا الجمال سكبته في كأس الخيال حقيقة ومن الحقيقة صغت كلمات ي . صنعت أشعاري لوطن ولدت فيه وفيه قدري. ومن هنا نظرت الى الأبيض المتوسط، فما كان عجبي إلا مع حوامل الخيول في اطراد يمر الزمان من تحت حوافرها وهي لا تدري. كالشعراء يشيدون قصور الابداع ويمضون تاركين تراثهم على ترابهم وميض وسم يبقى في الكون كون له نجوم العلوم ء وبحار الشعر طافية على شواطئ الوجود تتصاعد وتتهمر أصواتها بلاغة مطران ، وفلسفة نعيمة ونبوة وحنين جبران .
* الشوارع: النجوم التي تختفي عند الفجر.
جودت حيدر 21/6/1993 .
وشوش وشوش وشوش شواطئك الرملية يا بحر
بأمواج من السبق غازيات الرمال تيها
تتراجع قهراً بقعقعة فهمها غامض
آه لو علمت ما بها لعلمت سر الوجود والخلود
شريط الحياة وجود لا خلود
خذ من البحر عبرة وامش يا صاح .
على دروب الحياة حكيماً في الوجود
وخذ من الطبيعة اخرى
الشتاء مع قسوته يعطي الحياة عيشها
والربيع وردة خلقت لتموت
لولا قطرة الشتاء لا حياة لا ربيع لا وجود
مشيت مع الزمان شتاء
وقطرة الشتاء ما كان لها وجود
يا زماني ماتت وردتي وأنا تراني ذاهلاً
في وجودي لا وجود
1 حزيران 1984
جودت حيدر 21/6/1993 .
«كن سريعاً» كلحاظ العين ارتفاعاً
وانظر من الأفق إلى الهوادي في البحر، أبداً عطشى للحرية
تسجد، وبقوة قادر تنهض كالمصلين ما بين المد والجزر...
الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر...
لقد أيقنت أن الهوادى آمنت بالإنجيل والقرآن ديناً. . . وأنا
أنظر إليها تركع بخشوع وتعمد الشواطئ وتصلي
صلاة الغروب والفجر على الرمال.
تتراجع لتبشر بالتقوى، ما بين الأسماك وسائر الكائنات في
هكذا، عظمة عظام الوجنتين تبقى مع الدين عبادةً، ومع
الحرية يقظةً وجهاداً. والخيول أبداً في الطراد تحثها الركاب
لتواكب الرياح مسيرة وأنفاسها براكين بخار تتصاعد سحباً
سابحات فى الفضاء تتلاطم وتتلاحم أصواتها رعوداً،
وبرقها يستشعر كسيوف الشعراء بالفكر الثاقب الوضاح .
سبحانك ربي، هذه الحاميات للبحار والغاديات للبراري كيف
تحن إلى مرابطها ورضيعها، وتهادن الشواطئ لتلملم عباها
وتجري، وهي كالتراب على المحراث تنقلب، عمائم بيضاء،
فرق جهاد معمدة موحدة وموحدة توشوش بعضها بعضاً
أسرار الخلاص من العبودية، فتنصهر مع التكوين لتكون من
لجب البحار مدار قوة كالمرقات على حائط الزمان ترتكز.
ومن أعلى درجاتها سمعت الأسماك وسائر الكائنات في
البحر تنادي: «نحن تعمدنا وآمنا، وآمن البحر على يد شاعر عربي».
تنبعث الحياة مع الزمان نموا
وبمراث الطبيعة تشب وتشيب
تردادها مع الريح في غياهب الكون،
خزين عمر يرجع الميت حياً
وأنت، أنت العطرة التي نمت، وفي
ربيعها هوت، وفي عطرها انطوت،
وتجسدت رمز قداسة، وبعد البعاد أصبحت
وكلما رفَ الهوى أدركت معنى الأسى
وكان عيشنا كالشمس طرواة عند
الغروب، وبعد الغروب صفاء
تلك ليالي النجوم والسهر
وعندليب الغاب ينشد الحان الطيب
حتى يغيب القمر، ويطل من المغيب.
هذه الذكريات، كم أتوق إليها
في عزلتي، أحلم بحب كان كالفرات أمواجا تتصاعد.
هنا طال صبري، وتناولت الصبر، وأنا صابر
في غابة الصبر ومن أتاني يراني كالزمان صابر
وأنت يا حبيبتي لا تحزن .
هذا قضاء وقدر.
والحياة ارتفاع جبال وحنو واد.
هذا الكون متناقضات نفي وإيجاب
ولو لم يكن هكذا لما كان.
ما هو إلا هذا العمق لا يحده مدلول،
إلا أكفان العبر في دنيا السكون.
والآن كالنحلة انطلاقاً
أمضي إلى الجبال والقمم.
وبالإزميل أحفر على صخور البقاء
حكاية حبي وما كانت إلا حبآ عقلانياً
لا حب قيس وليلى مزيج من الجنون والبكاء.
هذا، وجاء ملاك الرعب، ورحلت مع الأيام
في خريف عمري كروض حور
ضعيف البنية يجف رويدً رويداً على
طريق الهلاك صابر محتار قبالة تعاظم الريح
تهب عاصفة لتجعل من باقي أيامي ركامها.
حبيبتي لا تحزني لأن التلاقي بعد
المنية، والخلد سرمدي معنى لا وجود
والطبيعة ء أبداً، مصدر الخلق، والتفكك
والرجوع، ولو لم تكن هكذا لما كانت لتكون
كما هي معنى ووجود.
وأنت وأنا، ذكرى حياة
رجعت لباطن الأرض جسدا
ً ولباطن السماء روحآ
أتت من عند ربها زمنا وذهبت .
العمر يحترق كالهشيم والنادر منه يبقى وميض ماس في الرماد
«الملايين من البشر تولد وتمر ما بين فكي القدر وتتوارى تباعأ إلى غابة النسيان. والقليل القليل منها يبقى مع العصور وليفاً ومع الأجيال الصاعدة مثالاً يحتذى به، لأن موارد الحياة من الفكر النير هي التي كانت نعمة الذين تركوا كوزهم الفكرية والحياتية شعلة على طريق الآتين، وذهبوا تاركين وراءهم موسوعة معرفة، على شاطئ الخلود مشعشعة أنوارها في دنيا الحصافة قناديل من الحكمة في مجاهل الكون نجوم.»
«عسى أن يطل الصبر علينا من الصمت ويجدينا»
«كم وكم من غدٍ وغدٍ
سيبقى سر الحياة
في الكون دفيناً»
كل شعر كتبته كان خطوات عبر روحي...
في العفل أكثر من خيالات علي هذا الحضر جسداً
معلق يين الحرف والتالي . تمر عليه الحياة عبر وميض وسراب.
«للعقل مقدرة تختلف من فردٍ للأخر. والعقل عجينة قابلة للتطويع ويمكن أن يطبع على سطحها أي شيء نضعه عليها. والإنسان وحده القادر على تطوير هذه العجينة وتشكيلها كيفما شاء. لقد عشت في أميركا فترة طويلة الأمر الذي سهل علي اكتساب اللغة حتى تطور الأمر في النهاية وأذاب أي فجوة بين اللغة والفكر وأصبحت اللغة هي الفكر والفكر هو اللغة ...»
«المرأة ولدت من عيون الزمان . . .وحطت في داخلي كما حطت الشمس في داخل الدنيا لتحييها»
من يحارب ديناً من الأديان السماوية مثله مثل من يطلق النار على نجمٍ ليجعل من شعاعه فيض عتمة من الظلام.