Friday, November 4, 2016

The Lay of Ayishah Canto 1

"The Girl with the Yellow Hair"
© 2016 David Prashker
To listen to an audio recital of the poem, click here

The name Ayishah is now born beneath my pen:
     and not for the first time

The name Ayishah -
     and these pictures

Ayishah reciting the Qur’an at Nazareth
Ayishah offering our friend a pomegranate
Ayishah throwing coins across the hexagram
Ayishah recounting the lives of Jethro and al-Hakim
Ayishah climbing down Pisgah
Ayishah contemplating the poems of Neruda and Shimpei
Ayishah copying out my poems
Ayishah naked beneath the cedars
     and in the distance
          the turning sea

The strings of Ayishah’s arms
   bending like frail saplings

The veins in Ayishah’s breasts
   shivering like taut wires

You can find David Prashker at:

Copyright © 2016 David Prashker
All rights reserved
The Argaman Press

No comments:

Post a Comment