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What am I

I pause and listen
To your distant lonely call.
Long and low it pushes 
Through the stillness of
The early morning air
To trumpet your arrival.
A disturbance to the sunrise
That is waking here. 
It whispers to the ear
That knows your song.

An announcement, an invitation
To meet you at the crossing
Where flashing lights, like soldiers
Make us bow.
And colored arms, like sabers
Fall from attention
To protect your call.

Twelve –hundred horses’ nostrils flare,
Huff and puff their acrid air.
Steel shoes clatter as they rumble
Along your private path.
Your wealth follows on carts
That rattle as they roll.
A strand of pearls
That speaks a message
From a place I’ll never know.
Cyrillic and artistic,
Sung as love notes from a lark.
A serenade to caress you as you slept.
Sung by men who joined the caravan 
And later disembarked.
I feel compelled to count them
Then their romance sings 
A rainbow to my heart.
Each message is a picture
Drawn by men that love you
As a colored canvas
Waving with the wind.
And when you pass,
My world is still again.

Copyright © Ray Dillard


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  1. Date: 2/7/2016 3:05:00 PM

    Oh my goodness, Ray! This poem I think must be one of your best that I've read! I would love to know what inspired this one! It's good to see you writing more !!
  1. Date: 2/2/2016 4:14:00 PM

    Reads like a winner for the contest..I can't guess what you are though..Maybe a king in flight..Thanks for the visit to my page..I appreciate the time spent there..Sara
  1. Date: 2/2/2016 3:53:00 PM

    Amazing poetry, Ray. you are at the top of your form here!!
  1. Date: 2/1/2016 3:50:00 PM

    Sent you a soup mail!
  1. Date: 1/31/2016 9:58:00 PM

    Ah---Ray this is the one I have been waiting for. Good, good poem. Thank you.
  1. Date: 1/31/2016 12:09:00 AM

    I really enjoyed this, it was posted on the Poetry chat site! thats how I came across this fine piece!
  1. Date: 1/30/2016 9:03:00 AM

    excellent write Ray...
  1. Date: 1/30/2016 12:02:00 AM

    What a terrific poem Ray. I really enjoyed it.