Selected poems from 'Tabular Rasa' by Jeff Raheb

  • Havana      
  • Paro Dzhong - Bhutan      
  • Dal Lake - Kashmir      
  • Bamboo      
  • The Center      
  • I Pour You A Cup Of Tea      
  • For The Women Of Bosnia      
  • You Say It Is Raining      
  • Zimbabwe      
  • The Comet      
  • Pygmalion      
  • Ganges      
  • Nasca - Peru      
  • Zu Twa Szi      
  • Body Rain      
  • The Shadow Puppet (Jogjakarta )                      
  • Songkla - Thailand      
  • 5 Haikus
  • Nasca

    desert skulls
    deformed, bleached
    sun-white and nervous
    the million scattered bones
    never buried in the rainless vacuum
    hollow eyes stare
    we are rude to stare back
    into the worm-cleansed
    eggshell emptiness
    uncovering your rituals
    dead black hair
    clutching your penitent frown
    dry and flat
    death spreads
    brittle and tightly woven
    around the desert crust
    like the bloodless-red cotton
    guarding your secrets
    from the air I see the giant spiders
    and lizard etchings
    crawling over the skull-like globe of your world
    just like the tiny insects
    crawling over the globe-like skull of your emptiness

    we are left with a reminder
    of the future-past

    Copyright 2004 Jeff Raheb