North Africa

 

sleep, sweet lover, forget me for a while,
let a ship of cedar bear you down the river Nile,

we couldn’t decide on a place to eat
we fought about it silently in the street,
we shared a bed in a ten dollar room,
hidden from the noisy afternoon,
we both clung hard, we both began to weep.

now I look upon your face as you sleep,
you have become the beauty of this earth,
as I know nothing, just as everything is true,
the sight of your beauty is my rebirth,
oh God, such a feeling arises with you.

your eyelids are the curtains of your eyes,
behind them the holy of holies resides,

let a ship of cedar bear you down the river Nile,
sleep, sweet lover, and forget me for a while.

 

June 1999

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