Ramzi Albert Rihani is a Lebanese American writer. His poems have been published in several publications including Goats Milk Magazine, Poetic Sun, Last Leaves Magazine, Cacti Fur Journal, Ariel Chart International Literary Journal, Poetry Potion, The Piker Press, Active Muse, Ephemeral Elegies, and The Silent Journey Anthology. He is a published music critic, wrote and published a travel book “The Other Color – a Trip Around the World in Six Months” (FMA Press, 1984). He lives in Washington, DC.
In a forest of lush shades of green Like a Rousseau painting With ferocious lions, apes and tigers And children’s imagination Wider than the vastest canyon. Ideas float, carried Like feathers on the surface of water Can’t sink, vanish or disappear Stronger than the wildest lions They bloom into gigantic creations Like the Garden of Eden At the end of time.
The ink is dry The poet hasn’t finished his poem He repeats the unwritten verses Like a mirage in a desert Memory reigns Scrambled thoughts rush like adrenalin Waiting for the moment To descend on paper. Dust awaits the rain To wash away glimpses of reality A large river overflows with rainbows And fills the city with make-belief fantasy.