lapis lazuli draped

the moon hung there
    like cyclops' lazy eye,
    yellow against an onyx sky,
more foul than fair.

no hazy memory, this.
    “there is no time to waste,
    you must with haste.
the rulers gone amiss.”

put to flight by the lie.
fleeing from that pesky blowfly1.

"listen! flesh tears"2

red runs the halls.
mothers, fathers, all
avoid not the squall.
yet here abel3 calls.

“leave the leaven there.
there is no time to spare.
grab our bundle fair,
to where there is no snare”

“hush, hush, my sleepyhead.
    we rush!
before this house of bread4
    runs red.
until that man lies dead.”

so, ishah-new5,
with her apple true,
lapis lazuli6 draped,
quietly escaped.

to hide from herod7,
    amid sphinx and sand.
    life, near death so grand,
veiled by pyramid.

© 2017 rlbusséll



An image of a stained glass window of the Flight into Egypt from the Nave of Saint David of Wales Church. Denton Texas


  1. A blowfly is a large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds.  

  2. tear = tair to pull apart or in pieces by force, especially so as to leave ragged or irregular edges. 

  3. A reference to the story of Cain and Abel and the blood of Abel calling to God for justice.  

  4. Bethlehem means house of bread.  

  5. Pronounced "Eeshah" A transliteration of the Hebrew word for woman. Referring to Mary as the "New Eve".  

  6. Pronounced "lap-is laz-oo-lee" 

  7. Herod The Great https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herod_the_Great 

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