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The Ghost of Saint Anthony

 

Once I was a man like you

strong in the heart and mind

Now my spectre drifts the sands of Egypt these sixteen

centuries

across the tombs of Pharaohs

from Alexandria and the sea into the desert mountains

where only insects live and hermits come to die

 

No longer do I feel the burning Sun of Purgatory on my bare back

no longer does the word of God wet my dry lips

no more do I hope for resurrection

I only pray for eternal sleep to end my torment

 

My shade counts the sands of time

moving as parches water

through its fleshless fingers

the carrion have abandoned my bleached bones

a scorpion has nested in my eye socket

no answer echoes in my skull to the

frozen scream of my broken jaw

 

I am alone

the only ghost in a godless land

I pass through a stone crucifix and Sun Gods

on ancient plaster

neither have redeemed my soul

so I will walk the breadth of Egypt

until the end of the world

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World Poetry Day

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Wrote a poem, felt like sharing.

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The Ghost of Saint Anthony (poem)

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The Ghost of Saint Anthony Once I was a man like youstrong in the heart and mindNow my spectre drifts the sands of Egypt these sixteencenturiesacross the tombs of Pharaohsfrom Alexandria and the sea…Continue

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Dame Street Messiah (poem)

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Dame Street MessiahWeighty words wasted on the east wind blowing down Dame Street they don’t heed or even hear them the footsore army of suits and students the new Abraham or Jesus or Muhammad…Continue

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