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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2021

THE GRAVE ROBBERS IN THE DISTANCE

 

by John Grey

 

Somewhere a mile or so from this oasis,

comes a tapping tuned to vast star vaults,

the endless pulsing of the wind.

From lovers fringed by hibiscus leaf

to the woman at the well drawing water

to the man plucking dates from a low hanging bough

they stop and listen.

Men are at the tombs.

Grave robbers cheat the air of quiet.

Out there, where pyramids leak into

the desert's great dry ocean,

where crescent moon gleams like jackal's grin,

a cheer arises, flares oil lamps to their fullest.

The camel trader cracks his joints.

A wizened trader cackles.

A weary donkey brays.

A boy whispers, "They've found something."

From the horizon, where tiny flames

flutter as one broad flare,

a scream rips hot wind night apart,

then is struck down senseless by the dunes.

A carpet weaver beds down.

Two Berbers laugh.

The tinsmith dips his tongue in running water.

One by one, the distant lights recede, then disappear.

 

Something was sought, was found,

played out the dire quittance of getting

what you wish for. Death too must have its oasis.

 

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review, and the Round Table. Latest books, Leaves on Pages, and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021