Ghazal #59 Heart Blood

All else can be but an analogy for heart blood
without it there is nothing to even start blood.

There are two kinds, those that eat and those eaten
most are both, depending on volume of smart blood.

Those who are hungry and those who are fed depend
on skill of those who successfully hunt the hart blood.

Most successful, it would seem, are those who diversify
those whose diet is omnivore, plant and only part blood.

Belly of ghazalist Russel is well filled, hungers only for prime words
that will insure reading of his verse when long still is his chart blood.

Ghazal #58

ancient smears of pigment on dark wall caves
galleries of magic preservation we call caves

mystically preserved sights or visions of dreams
hooves beat, horns meet in time for us all saves

hero deeds long preserved by repeatedly being sung
hearts of food harvested by arrows of tall braves

success in challenge of dangerous tooth and claw
mortality extended by flame and point stalls graves

hook and line, harpoon point and nets gather flesh
when rustled about in home of fishes we call waves


D. Russel Micnhimer has been writing poetry for forty five years while working at a variety of jobs and traveling through much of the world pursuing his interests in the archaeology of ancient civilizations and rock art. He is author of several books on rock art, fiction and poetry including his latest collection Notes to Be Left with the Gatekeeper published by Global Fraternity of Poets which earned him the honor of Poet Laureate from that group. A second book by the same press, Leaves and Pebbles, has recently been published. His newest book called Lotus Mirage: 52 New Ghazals In English is available in a limited first edition. He holds a degree from the University of Oregon. Visit http://meaningofrockart.com/lotus_mirage.htm