Susie Gharib is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde, with a Ph.D. on the work of D.H. Lawrence. Since 1996, she has been lecturing in Syria. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Blotter, Mad Swirl, Leaves of Ink and Down in the Dirt. More poems are forthcoming in other magazines. She is a lover of Nature and enjoys swimming.
Furlin has endowed me with a magical smile
bewitching fauna and flora alike
the self-contained daffodils
sadly nodding on my fields
have broken Nemesis’ spell
emerging chevaliers in gild
wooing a damsel-salmon-fish
who has also caught a glimpse
of the nectar of my lips.
I espy a dolphin by the cliffs of Moher
a transmuting smile meanders unaware
the foam that had been clinging to its fin
begins to metamorphose
to reshape its mien
taking the semblance of Andersen’s mermaiden
who is resurrected from foam to sprite
by the transfiguring occult of my mouth.
A nightingale takes a respite
from an incessant, fugitive flight
landing upon my placid fount.
Enticed by my refracted smile,
it dips its beak in sheer delight
picking a tiny tongue of light.
Shaking the dust of miles of time
Philomela begins to narrate her plight.
© 2018 Souzi Gharib