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by Dr. Robert James Berry

As the moon stirs among shattered clouds

Crosslegged in the courtyard
Shawled in silence

Storytellers still as owls
Recite in clear clairvoyant tongues.

The sorrow of their verses
Casts giant silhouettes inside our heads,

Their voices
Grieving instruments

That clothe the dark
In a necklace of memories.

Listening to infinity
In the aching simplicities
Of these old masters

I know these bass-throated men
Are sacred. As prophets summoning gods.


     


Dr. Robert James Berry a Londoner by birth who has had poems published internationally and lectures English at the University of Malaysia.

 

E-mail Dr. Robert James Berry at rjberry@fbm.upm.edu.my/i>

   
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