Up the Nile

Great fires that light
Nights of storms and flashes
In barren lands. Where
Hot sands melt and stain
Hats a pale green. But

Waters are fresh and pale
And hide ancient statues of
Unknown pharaohs that I
Learned of once from worm-
Eaten books.

16 thoughts on “Up the Nile

  1. Walt Wojtanik March 21, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Quite the image, Matthew. Fine detail, and worm eaten books are always the correct reference!


  2. Anna March 21, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    This poem took me back to memories of the Nile, where I travelled one winter. It was 104F one day in December! Well done.


  3. Grace March 21, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    I would love to see those hot sands melting and gazing up at ancient statues of unknown Pharaohs ~ Enjoyed your travel journals Matthew ~


  4. lox March 21, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    “In barren lands. Where
    Hot sands melt and stain”

    Love that. And this wonderful line break:

    “Learned of once from worm-
    Eaten books.”


  5. whimsygizmo March 22, 2016 / 12:54 am

    I love the idea the great line break provides: learning something from a worm. 😉


  6. kanzensakura March 22, 2016 / 1:04 am

    As always, your line breaks are flawless. The last stanza captured and held me in awe.


  7. Bodhirose March 22, 2016 / 1:33 am

    So fascinating and mysterious, those long ago times that you speak of…well done. I could picture those dusty, musty, worm-eaten books…


  8. Candy March 22, 2016 / 3:08 am

    love the melting sand and that closing line made me smile and nod


  9. kim881 March 22, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Hot sands melting – now that’s a great image.


  10. Glenn Buttkus March 22, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    As libraries turn digital, & newspapers go on line, the lovely smell of books is in jeopardy; & replaced by what? Computers do to include olfactory sensory reinforcement; makes me want to rush out to a local used book store & just stand in the aisles, whiffing paper & petting cats.


  11. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) March 23, 2016 / 1:06 am

    A new and startling view. But how come the stain is green? – Yrs, Intrigued.


  12. katiemiafrederick April 4, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Waters oF Nile
    fLow alWays now..
    PyrAmid dust
    aWay.. ’till
    duSt cOmes
    aGaiN.. aS Free..:)


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