Flight of the Amir

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
first flight of the mystical Amir into the world beyond his shores is rife with his people's fears and expectations for him even as the new faces beyond beckon him...

Submitted: June 27, 2009

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Submitted: June 27, 2009




In the dark beside the chalice

He lit a single candle

He knelt in reverence; the fragrance

working its way through his cloth

For his loins were covered only

His torso marked and glistening in the gloom

His heart thundered as loudly as his thoughts

He rose up and his arms guided him upward

as the drums grew closer he whirled and pushed higher

Higher than their eyes would first glimpse him

For he was still a man after all

He surrendered to the cold

Bathing in the rush of air that found his eyes,

brushed his legs and whipped his back

for he moved as if dizzy at first

Tasting and sucking in the air

desperate to hide from the drummers

Burning in his heart with delirium and hunger

gleeful in the dark that he was indeed flying

He thought to touch the earth again as he saw a familiar trail

His father going in

His other life on weekends

His other reality from here

He watched him, felt the familiar love

familiar dread, as he eased into the doorway

to a world Amir would never know

he hovered, going still, in the night as the lights came off

He had come so far on his first flight

unerringly, intoxicated that his gift worked right

wanting to share, wanting to belong

but knowing it would never be so

the sun moaned in anguish

dying for Amir to return

orange flames tested the night air

but not even love can reverse the day

Amir curled inward suddenly saddened

unseemly for such a young god

whose mother was sun and father, the moon

unabated as he turned around


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