Vishnu’s Dream – Poem #94 – From the Archives

In my rear view mirror
a vision of Saladin entering Jerusalem
while fighting Cambyses returns from Egypt
with gold, ivory and slaves.

A Roman legion lost in the desert
the man-god Alexander spilling blood
from Thebes to India
an image of the smiling face of Anne Boleyn.

The moon is shining
on the Santa Maria
and while the Sioux are dancing with ghosts
the Mahdi prays outside Khartoum

Each of us has many parts to play.

I was a Fool who played the lute
a brick layer, sail maker
a stone mason at Amarna
I was the shriveled man with swollen belly
propping open the temple door.

I buried a Roman legionaire
with balm and special markings
coins for the eyes
to pay the ferry man for crossing.

I am driving in this procession
only in Vishnu’s dream
my life a dimly lit unseen star
in Krishna’s mouth.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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1 Response to Vishnu’s Dream – Poem #94 – From the Archives

  1. beetleypete says:

    Life eternal, in one poem. Nice work, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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