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The Written Word

I live in exile

far from the sacred land

only the pen minces my accent

Let there be Light!

the thick salty layers of words

lessen at times

I sample droplets of pomegranate wine

Let there be Light!

within each scribbled word

a logic interior yowls and yawns

as it totters on tired limbs

Let there be Light!

amid the opaqueness of darkness

a collage of karmic ghosts

nameless faceless thirsts for words

Let there be Light!

no ear gave me blessings

but the written word as it unveils
and inscribes phases into my Book of Life

Let there be Light!

Copyright by Michal Mahgerefteh

Words, My Oracle

My Oracle

cradle my yearnings to the edge

of meaning as I roam into the furthest

depths of Sinai leaping blindly within

the hidden heights of purpose

My Oracle

breathe onto me a burst of Alphabet

a life-force at its purest that I should

settle in the vessel of my own being

sated with answered prayers

My Oracle

on equal footing appoint my name

into the book of Worthy of Words

empurpled with the floret of life

without it all is wander and random 

Copyright by Michal Mahgerefteh

Into the Desert

I led them

words ordained with vigor

into the dust-choked desert

to embody the unknown

I led them

while days drip emptiness

and nights vomit bitterness

and prayers wilt bone-dry lips

I led them

behind belfry doors I heard them

and in the turbulence of incense

I felt them filtering through

I led them

not a crust is wasted as my

name is carried on a plaintive

wind to the edge of revelation

No Defeat! No Victory!

Copyright by Michal Mahgerefteh


*****GOODREADS Review

I'm not a huge poetry fan, but gave this a shot after winning it in a giveaway here on Goodreads. I read this cover to cover in one sitting, taking the time to read each poem out loud. I found it an interesting experience. This collection of poems explores the intent of the written word from a spiritual perspective. The poems are, therefore, about words quite literally. I was most intrigued at the author's use (or nonuse) of punctuation. Unlike the majority of poetry I've read, Mahgerefteh's poems leave out punctuation for the most part. Not only is this a comment on this collection's overall story – the written word, and how language flows – but, it leaves each poem even more open to the reader's interpretation. Each poem can be read in several different ways, with the emphasis on different words, and pauses taken at different times. At first, I found this to be quite challenging, but now I'm appreciating its artistry.​ 

My favorite poems include: pOetry,The Written Word, and The Absence of Words. I know I'll be picking up Field of Harps every now and again to experience them again. If you like poetry, or anything pertaining to language and how it's formed, I think you'll enjoy Field of Harps.

***** GOODREADS Review

While I am not a religious person, I am a lover of "words" and that is all that is needed to thoroughly enjoy and be moved by this wonderful collection of poems! I received this as a "first-reads" book and couldn't be happier. It has been a while since I've read a book of poems and now I am wondering why! I look forward to reading other books published by this author.

****GOODREADS Review

Truly, I thought this would be a quick read - yet the depth of the woods, thought not in abundance, take your down a peaceful path. Michal uses words as an artist uses a paintbrush. The pictures and emotions transferred to me as I read the poems. If you want to just feel good and have a quick, thought-provoking read, grab this book! You won't be worry!

****GOODREADS Review

This is a beautiful book of poetry. I think one of the best poems in this collection is "Into the Desert." She captures an aspect of spirituality and life. These poems are a journey of the soul, of understanding, and desire.

****GOODREADS Review

I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I admit that poetry isn't usually my thing. They were well written and the subject matter was pretty straight forward. This was certainly no boring English lit class.

****GOODREADS Review

This was a lovely collection of beautiful poems. My personal favorites were “Invocation” and “For Eternity.” They really spoke to me.

****GOODREADS Review

Beautiful book of poems I won from First Reads. Glad to be introduced to this author - Very nice work. Looking foward to reading more!


Cyclamens and Swords Journal

“To Be Born”

The Deborah Madden Memorial Award:
Green River Writers

“Into the Desert”

The Deronda Review

“Mystical Journey: The Otiot”

Getting Something to Read Magazine

“For Eternity”/ “Promise of Re-Birth”
“Unanswered Prayers” / “The Breath of Poetry”
“Spiritual Birth” / “Inspiration”

The Irene Annual Award:

Poetry Society of Texas


The New Vilna Review

“They Labor Life” / “Lost Without Words”

Open Page Poets:
Old Dominion University


Poetry Society of Virginia Newsletter

“My Breath” / “pOetry” 

Poets Domain Anthology

“The Absence of Words”/ “Invocation”

Skipping Stones Anthology

“Upon My Crossing”

Special Anthology Honoring
Prof. Yossi Tobi, Israel

“Words”/ “My Oracle”

The 2009 Poetry Society of
Pennsylvania Anthology

“Into the Desert”

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