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City in the West

from Truth BeTold by Shama Rahman

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We drove in silence,
From that city in the West
where once I was lost, unfound;

This city in the West
where I think to rebirth my thoughts,
where I think to be warm with thoughts of you;

That city in the West:
your homestead
steadily stretching out, a welcome to my home hearth.

We met nightly,
a fever, set burning coursing through our yearns
and thirsty, parched, we collided:
inseparable, inescapable, incendiary,
teeth, smiles, lips,
eyes, skin, colour,
fingers and their tips
hair, heart and ...fear
meld into a dark loom (over)

as you murmur of my tattoo:

“Didn’t you know?”

“Maybe its somewhere,” somewhere I couldn’t reach;

“But didn’t you know?”
Said I, a broken scribe,
“there it is there, right there on my heart.
And oh it hurts, can’t you wipe me clean?”

“Its all in your mind, that imagined kind:
rich and open it may be
but its too open for me,
Its all in your mind, shishir, all up in there”

“And its all in my soul, can’t you take me wild?”

“I can’t take you with me, I have no time
Where did you come from shishir, you cling to me”

“And its all in my message, won’t you hold me true?”

“Who are you shishir, I can’t read you, no”

“Didn’t you know? I am the peace you seek”
said I, a silent glyph
“there it is there, right there, in my heart....
looming, melded, what you fear”

We drove in silence from that city in the West
where once I had left the truth behind, with you


from Truth BeTold, released March 23, 2018


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Shama Rahman London, UK

Shama weaves stories, sitar, and song seamlessly using wearable tech for an organic electro-acoustic sound. She combines international influences from everywhere she has lived and loved. Shama is a Sitar-player, Singer/songwriter, Composer, multi-instrumentalist, spoken word artist and scientist (PhD in the neuroscience of musical creativity). ... more

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