The Terrifying Seduction

As I listened to her slender fingersMaking exquisite loveTo the ivoriesTo RachmaninoffTo the UniverseTo my soulTo the thousand miles between usAnd to every atom in my BeingI realized that we mustNever actually meet, for I'dGive myself instantly to herDisappear within herConsumed by her brillianceIncinerated by her beautyAnd I was terrified~ Paul Raworth Bennett

The Birds of Aleppo

by Paul Raworth Bennett ~~~ a tale of hope, for the people of Aleppo ~~~ The four-year war had become especially violent during the Fall.  Now the Army was closing in, choking much of eastern Aleppo.  Intermittent radio broadcasts featured Alawite songs, propaganda, and Assad’s reviled voice reassuring them that soon the rebel menace would … Continue reading The Birds of Aleppo