A Poem by jaye river

departed rulers and empires long gone,
beaten black dogs gnashing their teeth
like waves battering against the shore

a princess in a palanquin, resolved 

and resigned, dark lines on her eyes

confine a salt water sea dissolved

oil lamps and moonlight, buzzing
flies and jasmine flower white -

lining paths along the hidden groves
like the hanging gardens of babylon

hear the lonesome screech of men,
leave it up to their disenfranchised 

so-called enemies and friends

she disappears into the gardens,
stroking the petals of tiger lilies, red
and white, with her thumb and forefinger
and to herself she whispers “we were here”

© 2024 jaye river

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Beautiful imagery. I loved the idea that she disappears, but leaves her mark 'we were here'.

Posted 6 Months Ago

The past - history's lost glories, written with a distinct touch of place - as if experienced. recalled and recognized in wonderfully subtle but tragic language. ' a princess in a palanquin, resolved - and resigned.'

Posted 6 Months Ago

Yes, they were here. She was here...and those of us who write poetry now about wars and current empires, about enemies and friends...we are here, too.
Nicely done....the description is eloquent...

Posted 6 Months Ago

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Added on December 26, 2023
Last Updated on June 6, 2024


jaye river
jaye river

hello, i'm hoping to make friends and get feedback on my poetry. i'm 25 years old. feel free to say hi! i'm t.s. eliot's biggest fan more..

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A Poem by jaye river