Sally Zakariya's poems have appeared in more than 60 print and online journals and won prizes from Poetry Virginia and the Virginia Writers Club. She is the author, most recently, of When You Escape (Five Oaks Press, 2016), as well as Insectomania (2013) and Arithmetic and other verses (2011), and the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table (2015).
The Iranian Artist Explains
for Bahman Pamani
Everything starts from zero, he says.
We start with nothing but an urge
and then a bare duality of dot and line
of black and white
of sound and silence.
Consider the sequence of creation —
note measure melody
letter word text.
Calligraphy and music — he joins them
for us here in the gallery.
Listen to this line from Rumi, he says
pointing to a piece beside him on the wall
singing the long sweet glide of one letter
the round note of another.
Outside the August air trembles
Thunder cracks, lightning flares.
There is meditation in the practice, he says
in the daily repetition of pen on paper.
There is spirit in the work, he says,
and the skies reply, showering down
on the eager earth.
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