The Edge of Deliverance by Ramzi Albert Rihani

Men and women gather again

In the midst of their frenzy

Incessantly chasing the ghost

That once they looked at with envy


They wake up intermittently as if in a delirium

Running bare like wild horses at dusk

A desolate wind blows like a first lust

Until they settle at the edge of deliverance


Photographs on the wall prepare for their memories

Watching the ocean sipping the sun

With an appetite ferociously turbulent

Bleeding with images like an overflowing page in a novel


Cities of clouds looking down on them

Approaching the end of the mystery

They look at each other again and again

And suddenly, as if what they were waiting for,

The Man with Long Brown Hair unfolds their history
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About the Poet:

Ramzi Albert Rihani is a Lebanese American writer. His poems have been published in several publications including Poetic Sun, Goats Milk Magazine, Last Leaves Magazine, Ariel Chart International Journal, and The Silent Journey Anthology. He is a published music critic, wrote and published a travel book The Other Color – a Trip Around the World in Six Months (FMA Press, 1984). He lives in Washington, DC. 

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