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Kristen D. Scott

Waiting for Istanbul

                 (for Zafer)

 

waiting for him

is waiting for Istanbul

the force of a Byzantium fresco

first opening

   quince

a horse-drawn caravan laden

with lokum

each, tawny, black sea honey

 

experiencing him is living

Istanbul

 

without him a history

would be lost

 

Whispers 

 

 

 

He came in black-coal

      cordovan

the balm of  earth

and rain

on his

hands.

 

the room was crashing, but time

is noiseless

when one falls -

 

in love

 

 

 Night's Philosophy 

On an immense night
she walks among
stones 
white Camellia 
in hair, thinks
of Ibn Sina 
Al-Ghazali 
and Averroes

her lover guides her 
at the elbow-

not 
looking for wisdom,

tucks her into
the myrtle 
as poems strut
from neighborhood boys, 
spring's rhymes on their
tongues

he tastes her there,
first behind the ear,
then nibbles
her collar bone 
with one slide 
of blouse
from her ivory shoulder

“what did tongue taste”?
she whispers

and her dress falls

into cool fresh

blades
of grass 

 

Utopia

      (for Zafer)

 

rush into me with a thousand Kalahari suns

do not wait with brush of mouth,

or too many syllables

 

with haste, as a herd of Abyssinian's

racing over opaline sands

 

with “boom” of thunder; thunder under hips undulations

dark sounds, a thousand flamenco stomps, claps,

Lorca's night-cries – Aye! Andalusia

 

Come inside me lover, with a thousand strums of guitar,

drums, raging Guadalquivir and quakes of Machu Picchu

Do not HESITATE.

 

RUSH!

 

from OPIATE 2014

Voyeur 

 

 

Peek inside her window

and you will see a lamp

of silver -

10,000 fireflies dancing

inside its center

magnolias draped

around spun gold archways,

porticoes, dormers

lined with springs of myrtle

her visitors-

visages

of Khulna wearing

rubies from Kuala Lumpur

dancing over sunset beams

in her hallways

 

but

what

 you

will

               not

see

is her

bedroom

 

red.

warm.

verdant.

 

her

naked,

wrapped

in

side

him

 

from OPIATE 2014

Kristen D. Scott  is a nominee of the Pushcart prize in poetry for six works from her 2014 collection OPIATE. She is  an award-winning essayist for her work on Federico Garcia Lorca and his books the Divan del Tamarit, Poet of the Deep Song, and essay, "The Duende." 

 

She has published in several Anthologies, newspapers, and ezines, including the San Diego Poetry Annuals, Nomos Review, Perigee, Alesbuyia, and published two poetry collection from Garden Oak Press; LIAISONS (2012) and OPIATE (2014). She has also been translated into Arabic, Turkish, Albanian and Sanskrit.

 

Scott is currently the Editor-In-Chief, founder, and web designer

of KNOT Magazine, holds a MFA in Creative Writing, MA in English Literature, and progressing with her Ph.D in Global Education and Comparative Literature.

 

She resides on the Riviera in Türkiye.