A Chapter by Dave Brown



Paradise found alongside a well  

Where ancient Greek’s had said

Lived the most beautiful of creatures

Feathered with purple, yellow and red


Singing, as she bathed in the well

Even Apollo stopped his chariot to listen

And, as morning’s sun was transported

Phoenix, also listening, would brightly glisten


Enjoying Paradise for five centuries

Destined then, it was westward she flew

First to Arabia for best of herbs and spices

Then Phoenicia, where her final days would be through


In a nest built from herbs and spices

She waited for Apollo to brighten morn’s skies

And when again he began pulling the sun

Her beautiful song's brought tears to all eyes


Most beautiful and haunting, the melodies sung

God’s listened as night lost its dark

Then, as Apollo’s chariot crossed the sky

It sent down a flaming bright spark


After five hundred years in Paradise

Death by fire, the Phoenix would burn

Just as was done by her ancient predecessors

And in the burned ashes, was left a tiny worm


In three days, the worm became a Phoenix

A perfect creature, starting new life

First to carry the burnt ashes to Heliopolis

Then leaving the mortal world, returning to Paradise


The Sphinx stares blind eyes across burning sand

Pyramids lay silent in The Valley of Kings

While in Paradise, in a well where she bathes

God’s listen to Phoenix, as her perfect voice sings



© 2020 Dave Brown

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I've heard the expression "phoenix rising" all my life but I never knew the story behind it! Thanks for telling it in your unique storytelling style full of imagery & action. The aspect that comes across strongest -- life is a constant battle between ugly forces & the ones pushing for the light (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago

Dave Brown

5 Months Ago

Speaking about the ugly, watched a MM last night where we were taken into a murder victim's file's r.. read more

5 Months Ago

Murder file boxes imagery begs for a poem . . .
Dave Brown

5 Months Ago

That's a beautifully told story about the Phoenix and how she regained paradise. Lovely and haunting. Great message too...

Posted 6 Months Ago

Dave Brown

6 Months Ago

thanks Dhara for taking the time to visit
there must be a limerick in here somewhere
Dhara_Ditzy Kat

6 Months Ago

Hahaha I must find it then :)

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