ZAHRA

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ZAHRA

CHARGING ACROSS THE HOT SAHARA SANDS BURNING SUN BEATING DOWN THRU MY TURBAN DEPENDING ONLY ON MY WHITE ARABIAN CHARGER PRAYING TO ALLAH UNDER A STAR AND A CRESCENT MOON TO FIND MY REASON TO LIVE

I LIVED A THOUSAND RUSSIAN WINTERS SWAM IN A SHARK INFESTED SEA RAN WITH THE TIGER IN A HUMID ASIAN JUNGLE TO SEE HER FACE MY HEART BEATS JUST FOR HER MY BLOOD FLOWS JUST FOR HER MY SOUL CRIES OUT FOR ZAHRA

RODE AN ELEPHANT TO THE GATES OF THE TAJ MAHAL THRU SMELLS OF INCENSE AND VISIONS OF VISNU DOMES AND MINARETS RISE TO THE HEAVENS I AWOKE FROM THE PAIN OF DEATH BY A KISS FROM HER LIPS

NO MATTER THE TIME OF SEASON COME TSUNAMI WAVES AND HURRICANE WINDS NOT THE DEVIL OR THE DEEP BLUE SEA CAN KEEP ME FROM HER

NO NIGHTMARE CAN SCARE ME NO SPIRIT CAN HAUNT ME NO STORM CAN KEEP ME FROM ZAHRA

I SEE HER FACE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES DREAMS OF HER GIVE ME PEACE OF MIND SHE WAS MY ONLY LIFELINE TO THIS BLOODY WORLD

I DIVED THE OCEAN DEPTHS TO THE ABYSS DID BATTLE IN A MILLION PSYCHIC WARS TORE THRU THE CHAINS OF HELL TRANSCENDED INTO A SPIRITUAL STATE ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS

I WAS A SULTAN WHO LOST HIS WORLD I FELL DEEP INTO THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL I DIED A THOUSAND DEATHS EVERYDAY SHE’S AWAY I WENT THRU THE LIGHT AND INTO THE VOID

I SENSE HER PRESENCE IN MY MIND I FEEL HER TOUCH IN THE WIND I SEE ZAHRA

I LOST YOU IN THE LAST WORLD WHERE WE LIVED OUT OUR HUMAN LIVES IN DYING I FOLLOWED THE PURE LIGHT OF GODS MERCY AND SAW YOU STANDING WITH YOUR WINGS SHINING BRIGHT IN PARADISE


WILLIAM SENA

Originally published in Palabras Fall 2008

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