Jumper in Three Phases
Take a moment to pause and reflect
the theme of Jumper in Three Phases.
A thoughtful view one may not expect
although nothing new, to those of intellect
it is the wisdom of the eye that pleases.
And so it is that in nature we discern
what is false, and what is true, likewise we learn.
Watch, as imperiously he turns in flight!
Head high, ears flexed, his movements delight
the very senses, for those who stand and stare,
as he breathes and blows, and breathes the same,
breathes deeply the perfumed air.
With trembling limbs he will pause and prepare
that momentous leap – again and again.
In an instant he searches familiar land.
Breaks from the earth with a flurry of sand,
then gathering strength, sinews tensile and firm,
to reach with a thrust that would summon the senses’
with swift momentum he moves and dances’
in silent suspension he leans and tenses,
while his muscles stretch and burn.
Each bound more urgent than the first!
Each sound a rare and beautiful beat,
that seems to press him relentlessly on
where time and motion have come to meet.
For that indefinable thirst, at first a stirring, begins to burn
in his powerful body heat.
From Jebel Akdar to the sounds of Salalah.
Beneath Shedar, Antares and Altair.
To the pristine desert of crystal and color,
Desolate, dignified, purity that is rare.
He brings beauty, with his stately countenance
to ‘Al-Raml’ whose fearsome resonance
calls for courage beyond compare.
No leather saddle embossed in gold
can ever hope to win, and hold
his devotion. He commands a greater respect.
We cannot extort his obedience –yet!
Honesty, and firm intent
appeal to this gentle temperament
that is primitive, proud and bold.