Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Where Are You Now Sarastro?

by Helen Bar-Lev


You who speaks in the baritone of God
who rules with gentleness and justice
slays menacing serpents,
you who cast the lawless Moor from your temple
who fights the dark forces of the night

As you shuffle softly in your priestly robes
do you know that evil has beheaded the moon
and the stars have been made slaves?

Come Sarastro, you and your disciples,
come with your magical music,
your lanterns and candles of love
search for the light
bring it back


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© 8.2014 Helen Bar-Lev

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942. www.helenbarlev.com  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology, has lived in Israel for 46 years and has had over 90 exhibitions of her landscape paintings, 34 of which were one-woman shows. Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies. Six poetry collections, all illustrated by Helen. She is the Amy Kitchener senior poet laureate. Helen was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and is the recipient of the Homer European Medal for Poetry and Art. Helen is Assistant to the President of Voices Israel. She lives in Metulla, Israel.