Joseph Narusiewicz

Gold Star - 6,840 Points (9/29/50 / So St Paul, Minnesota)

Jerusalem Is Surrounded - Poem by Joseph Narusiewicz

Pageants of gray wolverines
Fallen flowers with synced teeth
The flattery of Persian armies
Minced dreams deep in frozen water
Everything wanes into ashes
Motion of thrills without base
Islands of cement still as enemies
Foghorns are my only poems
Sinful roses fade like winter
The times of freedom diminish
Persecution from the will to power
Esau has brought his curse
The bells no longer dirge
They have buried my desire
We approach the mountains
Towers of self-indulgence

Every minaret is now my enemy
Tolerance cannot bare intolerance
Underground in caverns of catacombs
Search the ancient funerals
Search the tumbrels of Antioch
Fields of blood before Augustine
No elegized Corinthian Plato
Weary of serpents the innocent chant
Columns of martyrs serene in eternity
Liquid gold melts the long confession
Stagger like wounded warriors
No Teutonic knight shall prevail
No onward dialectic shall win
I can only go down on my knees
Indolence has been broken
I seek the things above

The broken wind sighs with time
These shelters of stone wither
Pyres bring changes that die
Generations fade into vapor
Console the cruel fate of Delphi
Self knowledge becomes a grave
Tear down the pirate sails
Chain Prometheus with myth
The god of war rides with treatise
Books of pyramids and ancient angels
Fire of Persian scrolls
Every meadow converted into dross
Chains surround the house of wisdom
Succulent concubines wait for kings
The west surrenders slowly
Jerusalem is surrounded

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 17, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 17, 2011

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