posted on January 11, 2009 at 3:32 am

the phoenician night
black as nothingness
i am a cruel man
i am a proud merchant
i am a powerful old bastard
i order my slaves to play music
i eat and drink splendidly
i clap my hands and women appear
i clap them again and they go away
in tyrus is a garden
where i go and smoke lebanese hash
and opium from persia
garden of earthly delights
i bathe in its pools
i lie in the shade of its cedars
i dream in the fleeting shadows of the afternoon
in tyrus i have meetings with people
murderers
courtesans
sailors
magicians
down in the walled harbour
down in the old part of town
with my silver
with my knife
with my man who watches out for me
with my explicit instructions
with my plaited hair and forked beard
wait in the darkness
listening to the sea
listening to the seabirds
listening to the wind
blowing through the phoenician night
and on
into africa

12 Responses to “the phoenician night”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2009 at 4:29 am #

    a day in the life.:) xo

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2009 at 5:57 am #

    wander with me

  3. avatar
    don joe | 11 January 2009 at 8:45 am #

    simple, sensual, velvety…careful with the silver as the knife’s edge may blunt.
    Close my eyes and I am there…

    ML,
    don joe

  4. avatar
    markobears | 11 January 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Somolia!

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2009 at 11:00 am #

    I’d love to.

  6. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 11 January 2009 at 11:59 am #

    …noticed that the last couple of blogs have been extremely tactile and sensual (taste, sounds etc…)and indulging in these senses…alas, i have surrendered to drink this evening and am feeling a little bacchenalian (sic) at the moment….servant, bring me a goblet of wine and an an orchestra of lute players……
    love always….

  7. avatar
    Freddie | 11 January 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    What wretched business has this ornery bastard
    out at night with his silver and his knife and his man who watches out?

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 January 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    a love a mere glimpse

  9. avatar
    EDD | 11 January 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    seeing things……

  10. avatar
    davem | 11 January 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    “i clap my hands and women appear
    i clap them again and they go away”

    Well I don’t envy you the first skill, but the second part sounds kind of nifty!!

  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 11 January 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    When you infiltrate Africa make sure to slay all those reprobates who are butchering gorillas, bonobos and chimps to death.

  12. avatar
    CSTCoach | 11 January 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    beautiful. evocative. makes me want to go there.


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