Susie Gharib is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde with a Ph.D. on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in multiple venues including Impspired Magazine, The Opiate, Mad Swirl, The Blue Nib, The Poetry Village, Blue Unicorn, A New Ulster, Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Ink Pantry, Down in the Dirt, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Crossways, and Miller’s Pond Poetry Magazine.
They search for Arthur amongst heaps of stone
when the king of times had found repose
in the apple land of fairies’ folk.
They dig, and tear, and mutilate
in search of the ever-elusive gate
that shimmers in the heart of a sacred lake.
And standing stones that mirror the stars
chart maps for Druidic priests and bards
who pass the oracle by word of mouth.
Inviolate their knowledge will always remain.
No swords or conquests would dare to claim
what had been whispered down history’s lanes.
Excalibur, a heritage of Celtic lore,
will arch above the Knight who swore
allegiance to the land of harp and gorse.
© 2020 Susie Gharib