Poem from: In the Realm of Neither

THE ARROW

An arrow that left its bow in the Middle Ages
was still in orbit round and round the
earth not having found its target
flying straight ahead in the throes of Zeno’s
Paradox in time and space
its dark feathers intact

passing over the heads of us all and
looking down as it speeds past

thinking to itself “How sad they’ve become
with their bombs and technology

We’d shoot to kill and then it’s done
bad enough but nothing like

what they do now at the
flick of a switch

8/20/05 (from In the Realm of Neither)

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Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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4 Responses to Poem from: In the Realm of Neither

  1. Very interesting poetry. It seems as if most people cannot follow poetry these days because they are too lazy, so I am trying to read more of it. I like your blog a lot.

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  2. Salaam Daniel! I’m so glad you’ve caught the blogging bug.

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  3. Imran says:

    Fantastic, great news insha’Allah your blog will keep us all inspired and topped up with regular updates.

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  4. Adele Bourne says:

    Like all these poems, particularly “Blink of the Eye” and “The Prayer at the Ka’Ba” – though I do not know what the Ka’Ba is – and ” The Arrow.”
    Imprisoned by the Naziis during WWII, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said “What we need is not reformation but transformation.” Which explains to me- the role of art – not as a comment on politics per se but as a touchstone that is antientropic – that creates change in the reader (Will have to find out what the Ka’a is) brings new energy, alertness.

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