“Eyes With Fear” and Other Works by R. A. Rihani

Ramzi Albert Rihani is a Lebanese American writer. His poems have been published in several publications including Poetic Sun, Goats Milk Magazine, Last Leaves Magazine, and The Silent Journey Anthology. He is a published music critic, wrote and published a travel book The Other Color. He lives in Washington, DC.

Eyes With Fear

Drumrolls are heard from behind the mountains
People prepare for the festivities to start
Little do they know that the end is near
As the rage of war fills the eyes with fear

Lovers pick up daffodils in the prairies
Oblivious to the sound of rockets
Warmongers pledge an encounter with God
Negotiating contracts broad and flawed

At the edge of the battlefield, they claim duties
Playing judges to ravel their cronies
Covered with masks, they preach commitment
To a cause filled with mire and ideas malignant

In their rocking brown chairs
Old men and women try to remember
They forgot to die when the rockets flew
Into their beds, they did not surrender

Twilight, dawn, dusk, night, all mingle
As if their contract from above was a symbol
That all times must pass and a new day will rise
But will it be at dawn, dusk, or sunrise?


In a forest of lush shades of green
Like a Rousseau painting
With ferocious lions, apes and tigers
And children’s imagination
Wider than the vastest canyon.

Ideas float, carried
Like feathers on the surface of water
Can’t sink, vanish or disappear
Stronger than the wildest lions
They bloom into gigantic creations
Like the Garden of Eden
At the end of time.

Unwritten Verses

The ink is dry
The poet hasn’t finished his poem
He repeats the unwritten verses
Like a mirage in a desert
Memory reigns
Scrambled thoughts rush like adrenalin
Waiting for the moment
To descend on paper.
Dust awaits the rain
To wash away glimpses of reality
A large river overflows with rainbows
And fills the city with make-belief fantasy.


Abandoned by hope
A halo of fear sits on the throne
Like the stillness of a pond.
Herds gather to spell their vision
Legacy of comfort vanishes in the mind of the wanderer
Four, three, two, one, and the rocket launches to the land of belief.
A smooth sail is on the horizon
As the sailor’s whispers get louder
And the screams of breaking waves become mute
Expectations seek to enter the mind
Mirage seeks to enter the heart

From the Editor:

We hope that readers receive In Parentheses as a medium through which the evolution of human thought can be appreciated, nurtured and precipitated. It will present a dynamo of artistic expression, journalism, informal analysis of our daily world, entertainment of ideas considered lofty and criticism of today’s popular culture. The featured content does not follow any specific ideology except for that of intellectual expansion of the masses.

Founded in late 2011, In Parentheses prides itself upon analysis of the current condition of intelligence in the minds of these young people, and building a hypothesis for one looming question: what comes after Post-Modernism?

The idea for this magazine stems from a simple conversation regarding the aforementioned question, which drew out the need to identify our generation’s place in literary history.

To view the types of work we typically publish, preview or purchase our past issues.

Please join our community on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at @inparenth.

In Parentheses Magazine (Volume 7, Issue 3) Winter 2022

By In Parentheses in IP Volume 7

32 pages, published 1/15/2022

The Winter 2022 issue of In Parentheses Literary Magazine. Published by In Parentheses (Volume 7, Issue32)

In Parentheses Supports The Black Lives Matters and Racial Equality Movement

Freedom should be free – The Bail Project.

Support the Black Lives Matters movement & ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.

National Police Accountability Project – dedicated to ending the abuse of authority.

#8CANTWAIT – Police Departments that have adopted these use of force policies kill significantly fewer people. Data proves that together these eight policies can decrease police violence by 72%. Find out how to lobby for better policing in your area.

Secure Mobile-Friendly way to donate to multiple funds or allocate specific amounts to 70 individual groups.


%d bloggers like this: