Open 2022 Poems - Ramzi Albert Rihani


The Shadow of Her Voice

By Ramzi Albert Rihani

When the trees break the dawn in despair
And your departure took the evening flair
Reflections on the water dance in harmony
And the sun and the wind dip in my memory


The morning casts a shadow familiar to the eyes
Fighting a desire till the advent of fireflies
They ignite an ardor that burns the skin
And the man behind the shadow wonders where he’s been


The piano plays some freaking jazzy tunes
With no one to sing or hum the blues
Take refuge in her voice until the morning sun
And the daybreak announces dreams undone


Petals float the surface of the pond
Pages of a songbook pass Blonde on Blonde
A breeze starts a green and brown ballet debut
And the pages stop at These Foolish Things Remind Me of You


Now all has come to a halt
And the vicarious trip is still untold
No one will come close to this
Except the voice, the shadow and some other bliss


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 the Washington, DC area.


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