Ghazal on a Lyric by Paul Simon
Faith is an island in the setting sun;
trust is an isthmus from the sinking sun.
Misplaced the map to metaphors? Start anew.
Follow the arc of the daydreaming sun.
Let’s handfeed the night in delicate bites
to the ravenous morning sun.
Across Haro Strait a luminous path,
the rippled spine of the evening sun.
The gossiping brain mutes the body’s plea:
receive the sacrament of a spring sun.
Resigned to winter’s gray and silver days,
I become a recluse like the skulking sun.
The Bushmen, it is said, hear the stars chant.
Try, Susan. Hum. Hum with the singing sun.
Italicized line is from Paul Simon’s song “Proof”.
Photo of island sunset by luisdetega, courtesy Pixabay. Photo of Susan J. Erickson by Diane Padys.