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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Club Sahara


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The dunes of Erg Chebbi, Morocco: photos and panoramic stitching by China_Crisis, 26 December 2016

At the oasis: dusk, dark intimations,

Faint simoon. Marooned Cassandra, waiting.

Consciousness: wily nets, loosening strings.

Odor of sex. Arpeggio-like oud

Runs up and down stepping-stone vertebrae.

Recumbent Traveller, in halter top,

Consuming some lilac-colored fruit. Moving

Without thought, without knowledge of anything

Into life, as ice melts in the mountains,

As the blue desert wind moves into a dune,

Lifting its yellow tresses, sifting, rushing

Over umber sands to a horizon from

Which night flings up a giant sky, billowing,

Weighed down by tons and tons of mute stars.


Anonymous said...

The oasis we find in our lives are those wonderful moments that are supposed to make up happiness while the moving sands remind us that nothing is static. Blessed, blessed change that keeps us alive. Great poem, Tom.

TC said...


Many thanks.

Sand grains, eternities, lives, moments: nothing holds still. Today's reality may be tomorrow's mirage...

. said...

I had to read this out loud. The alliteration took me there, a pleasure on many levels.


TC said...

Leigh, thank you for hearing this one... certainly the sound patterns were meant to be (to mix metaphors a bit, on purpose) a large "part of the picture".