IMAGE OF THE MONTH (OCTOBER 2003)

Away
(Poem by Wendy Howe )
see also the french version

I have tossed solitude
to the floor. Pillows
of skylark blue
and lioness gold

pile the air in silk.
I want to barricade
my body against
the harsh night.

The moon gleams
like the pearl handle
of a knife. Its blade
is the wind peeling
fate from the city's
ancient corners.

Women before me
have known the absence
of a lover, of tears
blurring time
into a damp ghost.

Their sorrow
invokes my wish
to sleep on cushions
and rustle fig leaves
in a dream.

I want to guard you
from the desert's heat,

first as a songbird
summoning twilight
and then --

as a she-lion
chasing visions
that burn the soldier's eye.


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So wait for me,
walk through the dust
and when you find the shade
of a large tree, pray.

Hope is the shadow
of prayer and my breath
the sudden coolness
         upon your face.


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