Tag Archives: Jordan

Escape

A desert enters your soul
hot sun settles deep into bones
claims flesh as part of
wind, rock, sand.
Lonely dry grasses wait
in sheltered cracks
for any moisture.

Desert sunsets bleed the sky
of colour and heat
suddenly dark, suddenly cold.

Copyright © 2019 Kim Whysall-Hammond 

Friday Poem: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

I loved you, so I drew these tides of
Men into my hands
And wrote my will across the
Sky and stars
To earn you freedom, the seven
Pillared worthy house,
That your eyes might be
Shining for me
When we came

Death seemed my servant on the
Road, ’til we were near
And saw you waiting:
When you smiled and in sorrowful
Envy he outran me
And took you apart:
Into his quietness

Love, the way-weary, groped to your body,
Our brief wage
Ours for the moment
Before Earth’s soft hand explored your shape
And the blind
Worms grew fat upon
Your substance

Men prayed me that I set our work,
The inviolate house,
As a memory of you
But for fit monument I shattered it,
Unfinished: and now
The little things creep out to patch
Themselves hovels
In the marred shadow
Of your gift.

by Thomas Edmund Lawrence (1888-1935) aka Lawrence of Arabia