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EGYPT 2007

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SCIROCCO

The majesty of the Scirocco wind
As it quells the desert fire
The whitecaps on the placid Nile
Arousing its desire
It moves with ever growing rage
And fills the air with sand
Releasing grains of innocence
To fall upon the land
And finally … when morning comes
Its anger now is quenched
The Nile again a millpond
No longer .. desert drenched

Phil Sanders
11/5/07







THE NILE

The luxurious lapping of the waves
As gently flows the water’s staves
Like music softly in my ear
Melodious and oh so clear
Such peace within an ancient shore
As life returns to glow once more
A soothing soft and subtle sigh
Within my mind and in my eye

Phil Sanders
11/5/07


LIFEBLOOD OF EGYPT

The lifeblood of Egypt
It ebbs and it flows
People are tied to …
Wherever it goes
Its beauty betrays
The desert so near
So barren and arid
And man’s greatest fear

Phil Sanders
11/5/07


DESERT NIGHT

Whirling dervish in my head
Sahara sands so deep and red
Basking in the sunset’s glow
Another night about to flow
The stars so bright within the sky
Like beacons shining there so high
The past so close it touches me
A sandy wide and endless sea

Phil Sanders
11/5/07


EGYPTIAN HERITAGE

Across the glorious azure sky
The flitting clouds do skid
As time gone by .. when Pharaohs ruled
And built the Pyramids
Transported back within my mind
I sense the glorious power
That Seti and great Rameses
Wielded in that bygone hour
Commanding men to labour
Creating wondrous shrines
That still attract such interest
Now in modern times

Phil Sanders
11/5/07


VALLEY OF THE KINGS

Four thousand years
Have now passed by
Since these great tombs
First saw the sky
A wealth of time
And shifting sands
From whence created
By a million hands
Such craft and treasure
Still on show
As thousands more
Now come and go
And as you walk
Within those walls
You feel the history
From them fall
The stories that
They hold within
Of love and peace
Some deep .. some slim
A testament ….
To man’s great deeds
When most of them
Could just sow seeds
A time when life
Was simple then
No one had learned
To wield a pen
So never to …
Forgotten be
These mighty deeds
On desert’s seas

Phil Sanders
12/5/07


END OF THE DAY

And as the sun slips slowly down
To give the world its final crown
The day comes back in waves of thought
What we’ve done .. what we’ve sought
The pleasures that encompassed thee
Irritations still set free
The moments of sweet paradise
The glorious scenes before our eyes
So as the sceptred ord sets down
Try to lose that worried frown

Phil Sanders
12/5/07



THE MAJESTY OF EGYPT

The majesty of Egypt
Is seen in many ways
The Nile in its magnificence
The desert’s endless plains
The glory of its history
Such wondrous tales are told
And through the hieroglyphics
The stories now unfold
But also in its people
Their still straightforward ways
Working very hard
Throughout the blistering days
Still in fields they toil
To make a pittance work
Never giving up
Never known to shirk
Their donkeys still pull carts
Their backs are baked with sweat
But still they labour on
Never show regret
This patient way of life
Is there to be admired
Underneath the sky
And the sun’s continual fire

Phil Sanders
12/5/07


MORNING BALLOOONS

The dawning of the day
Sees balloons up in the sky
Fires imagination
Seeing them so high
Framed against the mountains
Spheres of bright delight
So wondrous to behold
As night gives way to light

Phil Sanders
13/5/07


THE NILE (2)

Water of life
So blue and so free
Thoughts now created
Deep within me
Softly you flow
With magnificent grace
Everyone slows
To your gentle pace
Filling the fields
With green and with life
You still my full mind
And take away strife
Cool in the morning
On fire when sun sets
You make cherished memories
And banish regrets

Phil Sanders
13/5/07


M/S EUGENIE

The chic of the Twenties
With class all to see
Such opulent moments
Setting us free
The sound of the orchestra
Playing so fine
The décor superb
The food is divine
Long flowing dresses
Conversation profound
Time is suspended
Amidst gentle sounds

Phil Sanders
14/5/07



ABU SIMBEL (SOUND AND LIGHT)

The story unfolds
Against the great walls
Dancing and flashing
In front of us all
Ramses’ great tales
Of battles and strife
Triumphant at last
Explaining his life
Under the stars
And warm desert breeze
Transporting us back
As the wind blows the trees
A magical moment
As time stands quite still
Imagination abounds
Our minds it does fill

Phil Sanders
15/5/07



CONTEMPLATION

As quiet contemplation
Allows the rising orb
To fill the mind with memories
Of pleasure, pain and thought
Transporting me to places
Where my feelings are unbound
To seek the pleasant moments
Where my life is softly found
Inside my heart beats faster
As those thoughts I live again
Like a cinematic picture
Or a track of life’s full train

Phil Sanders
15/5/07


EGYPTIAN MORNING

The quiet Egyptian morning
As slowly I do walk
The only sound my heartbeat
And the birds with rapid talk
The sunlight starts to filter
Through trees and waterside
And all the graceful egrets
Catch fish along the Nile
The fishermen are rowing
Across from shore to shore
As thousands did before them
In this glorious land of yore
A moment’s peace in bedlam
To smell the morning air
And reaffirm to nature
The pleasure that we share

Phil Sanders
19/5/07