In the depths of despair

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And the cup which filled the spirit
with hope was stained red,
as murmured voices reach out to
break the silence.

It’s easy to wallow in the depths
of despair as memories flutter in
and out like ghosts,
though the sullen part is beating
one’s fist against the casement
renouncing dreams and claims.

Dissolved in chaos the eyes create
a new language that begs
weave a future from the muddled
past.

 

Photo credits: The Cup – Adolph de Meyer 1912

Posted for “Camera Flash” @ Real Toads

Posted on Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

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58 thoughts on “In the depths of despair

  1. Kim M. Russell says:

    I like your interpretation of the image, Sanaa, and love the lines:
    ‘It’s easy to wallow in the depths
    of despair as memories flutter in
    and out like ghosts’
    and,
    ‘Dissolved in chaos the eyes create
    a new language that begs
    weave a future from the muddled
    past’.

  2. Isadora Gruye says:

    I like how you started with a focus on the cup and then put a story to go with it. This offers hope but does not look past the despair. Nice balance.

  3. Kerry says:

    And the cup which filled the spirit
    with hope was stained red…
    Your opening lines are brilliant. You saw something unique in this picture.

  4. Old Egg says:

    Despair particularly at the loss of a loved one does make one despair as one wonders the what ifs of life all over again. I do hope you haven’t had too many fluttering out like ghosts Sanaa to write such a touching piece.

  5. gillena says:

    Luv your shift from the cup to the eyes. A really intriguing response to the prompt

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today Sanaa

    Much🌼love

  6. Jo says:

    These lines are stunning!

    “It’s easy to wallow in the depths
    of despair as memories flutter in
    and out like ghosts,”

  7. Wendy Bourke says:

    You went in a different direction with this, I think, and I really like what you’ve created. The images are brilliant – and the piece, as a whole, is stunning!

  8. Jim says:

    It’s amazing how the time varies for differing situations aand persons but it transcends from resentment to dissapointment to dispair and hate. But HAPPY DAY, it gradually works back the other way. Generally though, there is not complete healing and forgiveness.
    Loved the poem, it gets better and better for me with read.
    ..

  9. Rebecca says:

    “Dissolved in chaos the eyes create a new language”… there is a beautiful blend of pain and hope here.

  10. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Love how you created this… the muddled part really work for me… maybe it’s only the cup that is clear in the end .

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