Flames: Ghazal #54

Searching for Beloved, my sweat slogs through infernal flames
Only drops I have to slake my thirst, desiccated eternal flames.

Always through blackest obscurity, in perpetuity I look in vain
Only faithful compass guide moon and stars nocturnal flames.

Rising from seed roots buried deep my longing strongly grows
Shoot songs and leaves unfurl again to prompt of vernal flames.

Longing for Beloved is locked secure in a chest with out a key
Release within blocked securely by conspiring external flames.

Discovery of Beloved forever grows closer with each chant of
Poet Russel, sentenced to life imprisonment by diurnal flames.

D. Russel Micnhimer 6-29-2015

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.