Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Bugle-call...A Rubaiyat

The sky is old; as old as Day and Night
Yet we are still dumbfounded by the sight
Of stars, or how dawn breathes yon gates ajar
And dusk returns to gather up the light

Nature does not forget; a Faultless Hand
Refurbishes the fortunes in its strand
They slumber, bedded in earth’s umber deep
Waiting to waken in Spring’s Promised Land

Both morning-tide and eventide convey
A hierarchy greater than Night and Day
It decorates the dust with mighty hills
That spill blue shadows where light ebbs away

Man plans but his scope of vision is small
His grandstands hosting boast-and-toast soon fall
Like leaves beneath tall trees, their birthright spent
Where time’s attention span outgrows us all

The spigot whereby mankind seeks his quaff
That God turned on and has not yet turned off
Is a Terminal and Terrible Thing
Which only fools disdain with aimless scoff

Sometimes we bloat ourselves with ignorance
That clothes itself as Knowledge and we dance
In glass slippers until the clock strikes twelve
Then, suddenly we see Time’s crass romance

Ah, we should often look up at the stars
To marvel at midnight’s unbroken bars
Where words unuttered by daylight appear
In dialects not tainted by ink jars

The resting place of seasons none can breach
Its everlasting breadth evades man’s reach
Yet as we grapple with these laws of loss
Life’s albatross renders what it must teach

This exhibition-place of greed and need
This hope-and-grace dependent human-breed
Would be a living hell of want and wish
If by its bread alone we could succeed

He drinks an elixir of well-dressed lies
Then forgets what manner of man he is
…a ready prey for wolves in sheep’s disguise

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; learn their ways
Lower art thou than the bug who obeys
His Maker; then, do not forfeit The Crown
By languishing too early on Death’s chaise

Hand to the plow, the spade, the pen, the broom
Already the exploit of moments bloom
Upon the midday clock that holds the key
That will unlock the Gate to God or Doom

Did the Lamplighter of Time’s wick detail
The Very Tittle of its last exhale?
Ah yes, but not even the angels know
When He will crush to naught Time’s Awesome Grail

Because of Calvary God made a way
For fallen man to hope through That Last Day
This groping-coping interlude of strife
That we call life is but a little Stay

Time’s tick and tock ah, gossamer transport
To a goal made for souls none can abort
Its countdown is like a holy bugle-call
‘Oh who will come and who will trust the Lord?’

The sky is old; as old as Day and Night
And we are still dumbfounded by the sight
Of it; a drop within eternity
Come, bow the knee before God snuffs the Light

© Janet Martin

Sasha's Interlocking Rubaiyat poems lured me to try a Rubaiyat, 
then after reading The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan
 I couldn't resist!
Not quite as alluring as the Interlocking Rubaiyat but still, an enjoyable form to write to...


  1. There are several lines and images in this one that I really enjoyed. The image of dancing in glass slippers until the clock strikes twelve was especially powerful.


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