Baku
I've never been to Baku,
But the rats have diamond collars,
and the milling magick-scholars
Bid for them in silver dollars,
While the mammal-hawker hollers
"Come buy my rats" in Baku

I've never been to Baku,
But when desert-day is dawning,
And the bashi-bazouk's yawning
Underneath his canvas awning,
Then a perfumed slavey, fawning,
Serves tea and cakes in Baku.

I've never been to Baku,
But when silver starlight's lancing
There, the sturdy Kazakh's dancing
And the Arab gelding's prancing
Turns a maid's mind to romancing
Or thoughts of lust in Baku.

I've never been to Baku;
But, amidst Hellenic rubble
And the alien cornfield's stubble,
See the pander's huqqa bubble -
Feel the heat of civil trouble
Arise, in far-off Baku!

I've never been to Baku,
But in darkened dives there lurk men
- Hashishin and wicked dirkmen,
Whirling dervishes, beserk men,
Chechen, Uzbek, Pole, and Turkmen,
Of murder-mind in Baku!

I've never been to Baku,
But I've heard a magus chortle,
Opening a mantic portal,
Summoning a fiend immortal -
"Come, thou mighty Djinn, and thwart all
My enemies in Baku!"

I've never been to Baku,
But I know a lamasery
Where a lonely janissary
Riffles through the commissary,
Plunders, leaving promissory
Receipts-of-hand in Baku.

I've never been to Baku,
But let's gather our blood-money,
There we'll waste our moon of honey
Feasting on spiced figs and tunny
- Sacred shrines of Shia and Sunni
Will gleam for us in Baku!



Comments:
 
StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 5/11/2009 3:29:03 AM
I lke this for it tells about the people and it's culture. It also bought memories of those Arabian nights movies I watched many moons ago.

Santana   Santana wrote
on 3/3/2009 10:13:25 PM
Very unique style of writing... I liked it.

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