Rubaiyat of Light

The moon’s a balloon that expands with night and bursts with stars and constellations bright, reminding late night lovers of the dawn whose fingers shatter dreams with early light. In the amber glow of a winter morn, when doors are locked and curtains are still drawn, early risers leave the warmth of their sheets to […]

Night Music

bubbling memory breaks night’s deafening silence a nightingale’s song Kim M. Russell, 2017 My response to Carpe Diem #1314 The Nightingale After being away due to illness, I’ve come back to the particularly lovely quatrain 72 from The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam: Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose! That Youth’s sweet-scented Manuscript should […]

The Seventh Gate

rising at the gate winter sun spreads little warmth sharing its wisdom Kim M. Russell, 2017   My response to Carpe Diem #1304 The Seventh Gate Chèvrefeuille tells us that, as he was reading the Rubaiyat, there were several quatrains he didn’t understand, which sounded magical and mysterious. Today’s Quatrain XXXI is such a quatrain: […]