[Hummingbirds emanate from a mirage's radiant haze now]

Hummingbirds emanate from a mirage's radiant haze now.
Tornadoes vanish on the glowing horizon comets graze now.

Wavering candlelight traces a defaced mural of Buddha
In the monastery ruins where a bodhisattva prays now.

The sky is echoing thunderclaps of chariot cavalries
As a coastal zephyr whispers of Spartan forays now.

Dust glints in pollen clouds floating above fields of white maize
Where ghosts shimmer in the light of sparks a fire sprays now.

Meteors sketch blue arcs above the iced Himalayas,
Sprouting flames with the luster of an auroral blaze now.

Parvati baths in a moonlit basin adorned with gems,
Lotus blossoms pulse in the light of her diamond's rays now.

A phoenix's shadow blazes through the billowing sails
Of caravels that are anchored in Avalon's bays now.

Orpheus is seized in a rushing tunnel of twilight,
Vanishes in tears that stream through Eurydice's gaze now.



Steffen Horstmann

Steffen Horstmann's poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout the world, including Baltimore Review, Free State Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Louisiana Literature, Oyez Review, Texas Poetry Journal and Tiferet. He has published two books of ghazals, Jalsaghar (2016) and Ujjain (2017).


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:12