Last Night, I Dreamed Of Water

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Bone soldered,
I dream of aquatic chestnuts and walking barefoot
on the beach; rippling waves
and low whispers encased in the ocean’s bed
call to me,
but as the hours pass, I am jolted back to reality—
we are living in perilous times,
where mounting casualties paint the landscape.
Raw is how I feel, and though I am sequestered,
I understand that it’s necessary.
The night is somewhat distant
and aloof,

it shies away from the clouds implacable— who then reveals
the face of the city?
I picture people sitting idle, their nocturnal hearts
joined together
with nothing but a single thought— “Stay home. Life is beautiful.”

 

 

 

Photo credits: Atlas Obscura

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A Skylover Wordlist: Implacable, aloof, aqua, nocturnal, landscape 💝

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24 Replies to “Last Night, I Dreamed Of Water”

  1. I would have thought it was a no-brainer that people would realize a little inconvenience is more than a fair trade for their lives. But then, there’s a certain portion of the population that seems determined to flaunt their stupid.

  2. mounting casualties paint the landscape.
    Raw is how I feel,

    Those lines really struck me: the grim reality, backdrop to all our beautiful dreams of being free again to go out into nature or the streets of our cities. As Rommy says, you’d think people would realise the necessity. But when even some world leaders are stupid … or insane….

    1. I guess the lock-down has finally begun to affect me. Staying home, holding on. Thank you so much, Rosemary 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  3. The image you chose is so brightly coloured, Sanaa, and a contrast to the cool blue your poem evokes, especially in the lines:
    ‘I dream of aquatic chestnuts and walking barefoot
    on the beach; rippling waves
    and low whispers encased in the ocean’s bed
    call to me’.
    The jolt back to reality is a powerful one, with mounting casualties painting the landscape. I also like the isolation conveyed in ‘The night is somewhat distant / and aloof’.
    Yes, life is beautiful, and we should stay at home.

  4. Life is beautiful but sadly people are arrogant and feel they can control their own lives rather than be safe for a few weeks to avoid cross contamination. However remember that writers now have more time to indulge in storytelling and poetry and that is a bonus!

  5. I think, Sanaa, that I would not be exaggerating if I said that most our hearts know exactly what your speaker is saying: we are raw, indeed. All the troubles of the world scrape our skins and kick our bones until a lot is broken.

    I love how you used the image’s quote. I hope it becomes a mantra for many (or all, if we get very lucky).

  6. I can relate… dreaming all day about going out. And night is just a time to sleep, but I like how those “nocturnal hearts” are joined together in thought. We are all dreaming the same dream, thinking the same thought.

  7. this is so beautiful! and loved how you weaved the message into the tapestry of your poem.
    and i feel a closer connection with this poem cz i used the same words a few days back 😛 Brilliant challenge brilliant poem.

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