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
  • The Shadow Puppet (Jogjakarta )

    Shadows on the wall
    Leather puppet laughter
    seeping through the ground
    Javanese man long buried
    is uncovered by the puppet dance
    The hammering sounds of the gamelon orchestra
    move like vapors through the blood
    vipers through the ground
    Shadows on the wall
    our shadows
    like puppets
    we are watched

    The darkness hides the real figures
    We see the shadows
    only our shadows
    Dancing on the wall
    The audience laughs
    from the wall
    We see ourselves sitting

    The wall is everywhere

    Copyright 2004 Jeff Raheb