Portrait of a Woman

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Gently claiming you, 
your woes unburdened as silent sighs into my skin
hushed is winter
and as much as I’d like to admit I am enamored by truth
which you have pressed by lips
upon lips
your eyes mirroring all that I am as night drifts into the arms of dawn.

It was a reminder that I needed from time to time,
this fire
this conviction that plunges me into the impossible
reminding me
that I am sun, I am camellia, I am woman
I bleed ardor
all the while dodging pessimism that threatens to thwart my goals
I believe in hope
though darkness is as though curtains closing
my heart

as open as the clear blue sky resting in sweet lullaby of your own.

Here I am
glancing causally upon deer tongue until it blooms
I stretch my toes and lift my face upwards
the glare of the world is not condescending enough
to scorn

Spring rushes toward like a tide and I offer my soul
to cleanse

the question no longer remains how can I
rather
it beckons me come and shine from within.

 

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Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

24 thoughts on “Portrait of a Woman

  1. Kim M. Russell says:

    Empowerment begins at home and you can’t begin to talk about the empowerment of others if you haven’t achieved it for yourself. I think you’ve summed this up well, Sanaa, in the lines:
    ‘It was a reminder that I needed from time to time,
    this fire
    this conviction that plunges me into the impossible
    reminding me
    that I am sun, I am camellia, I am woman’
    and
    ‘it beckons me come and shine from within’.

  2. marja says:

    “reminding me
    that I am sun, I am camellia, I am woman
    I bleed ardor” Beautiful
    Yes we have that in us and hope will carry it for us
    So beautiful

  3. gillena says:

    “I bleed ardor
    all the while dodging pessimism that threatens to thwart my goals”

    Your story of empowerment is deep and convincing. Luv this poem
    Thanks fof drkppjng by my blog

    Much💚😘💛love

  4. Susan says:

    Beautiful! ‘hushed is winter’ at last, and we can let self dawn on us as enough, more than enough, all we need. I’m glad you’re back to Sunny!

    • Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Susan 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  5. Sumana Roy says:

    To bathe in spring tide is a most beautiful happening specially when ‘winter is hushed’. “that I am sun, I am camellia, I am woman / I bleed ardor”–a wonderful space to be in. Beautiful, Sanaa.

  6. Magyar says:

    Grand feelings here, and I’ll use a few of your final words; to cleanse, can be… to solve. _m

    to cleanse
    this question that remains
    your beacon beckons

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