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A Desert Song

I found the bottle lying on a dune of wind-swept sand,
And I brushed the grains upon it with a weak and trembling hand,

I was crazy-mad for water, I was more than three days dry,
So I pulled the cork with sand fouled teeth and spat it at the sky.

What came out wasn't water, it tasted more like smoke,
So I thought myself the victim of some fools cruel joke.

Then standing there before me, like a Muslim houri dressed,
Was a damsel more than beautiful, who my flaking face caressed.

She said "you've given me my freedom from my prison of the ages.
So I offer wishes numbering three as payment of your wages."

I knew what I desired, I knew what to wish for first,
I said "give drink to all upon this world who now suffer thirst.

But give those thirsty, a love of fellow, more than words upon the lip.
So they offer the bottle to a brother, before they take a sip.

And give those brethren gratitude, to kneel before they swallow
And thank whatevever God they serve for allowing them to follow."

When this was said I realised, my wishes all were spent,
Which was what I knew I'd wanted, from my first intent.

She said "o man, I see you're one, whom God has truly blessed,
So take a drink of water, and lay thee down to rest.

I grant thee freedom from jealousy, from earthly want, from sin.
Accept these gifts as tribute from an Effete of the Green Djinn."

My reason for wishing as I did, to this day seems to flee me,
But nightly as I slumber well, I still dream of Genie.

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  1. Date: 11/5/2011 5:39:00 PM
    Hi William.-I really love this.It holds so much for me.Poetically I think it has good rhythm and is interesting to read.On a deeper level it contains a wonderful human message that we could all do well to heed.Through your words you also give me insight into your loving,caring soul and have also toucned my own.Thank you. Love Sylvia-poetically known as June

  1. Date: 11/2/2011 12:39:00 PM
    hopefilled work. i really like this work william

  1. Date: 11/2/2011 10:40:00 AM
    Magnificent ! , you Brought it all together :D I Love this ! :D

  1. Date: 11/2/2011 7:13:00 AM
    I'm grateful this poem was written and featured. It's one of the best I've ever read. Gongratulations

  1. Date: 10/31/2011 1:23:00 PM
    Congratulations Bill on your well deserving poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 1:56:00 PM
    WILLIAM, Congratulations on your featured poem of the week.. take care and have yourself a safe and fun Halloween week,..p.d.

  1. Date: 9/5/2010 8:24:00 AM
    I love it!greatgreat win!

  1. Date: 8/4/2010 7:52:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Wlliam

  1. Date: 8/2/2010 10:14:00 AM
    Congratulations to you on your win William in Catie Lindsey's contest "I Dream of Jeanie". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/1/2010 11:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well done poetry and 3rd place win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/1/2010 11:28:00 AM
    Congrats Will on your big win in Catie's contest with your amazing wishes.. enjoy another wonderful victory my friend..with luv..

  1. Date: 8/1/2010 11:11:00 AM
    congrats on your win with this wonderful poem

  1. Date: 7/29/2010 1:04:00 PM
    You still dream of Genie,I do too Will,and tnks for your sweet kind comments dear friend,C.C.