Jemaa el-Fna

not understanding a word

the depleted traveler cannot drink

from the freshets of feeling

running through the crowd


pigeons eavesdrop knowingly

wing-skimming the pool of light

one bird lassoes a sudden descent

and lands on the storyteller’s shoulder


transformed: a vivid white dove

they coo and they kiss

wings flapping like our hearts

given to witness such intimacy


now all the birds are hovering

like planes at la guardia

cousins of the holy spirit

prepared, for a kiss, to strike fire


as the storyteller resumes his tale

an adventure in the desert

here is what we hear, this life

this life could happen to you


2 responses to “Jemaa el-Fna

  1. A beauty. This life could happen to you.
    Finally something from Morocco, I presume. (Wikipedia uses two final a’s.)

  2. Francine Schwarzenberger

    Hi, brother! I had to read this several times – very thoughtful reflection on life. Thanks.

    Francine Schwarzenberger OP 504.866.5672 (w) 720.840.6570 (c) Slowly … Inhale love. Exhale gratitude…and again…and again. Mother St. John


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