Self-Portrait – In times of Covid-19

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The mirror is a poem we write to ourselves;
long after the sun,
like golden petals stretches out into the blue—
I am equal parts chaos and order,
it’s a truth I do not care to hide from myself,
if I am to be human.
Allow me to sift through your worries,
replace ache
with soft whispers; conviction
I have learned is a roseate hue that makes browning leaves
seem pretty.
This year has been challenging; uncertainty
drugging the wind worldwide, is this how it’s going to be
from now on?
I am the rain falling in a series of cascades after the drought;

why succumb to apathy
when we can encourage evolution through spirited verses—

come, let us bridge the gap
there is no discouraging us poets from the path;
“I” is equivalent to We.

 

 

(Photo taken a little after quarantine in May)

Sarah hosts at dVerse today and asks us for a poetic selfie. Come join us! ❤️

Posted for Poetics – “Come and take a selfie” @ dVerse Poets Pub 

34 Replies to “Self-Portrait – In times of Covid-19”

  1. I love that last line, Sanaa. A much-appreciated call-out to the poetry community.

    These lines resonate for me:
    “I am equal parts chaos and order,
    it’s a truth I do not care to hide from myself,
    if I am to be human.”

  2. There is such deep strength in this poem, Sanaa – I like the lines Lisa picked out, and I like the description of you as rain after drought. We need all the positivity we can get at the moment.

  3. WOW, WOW, WOW! I’m amazed by this poem and entranced by the word usage and flow. The first few lines intrigued me the most. Beautifully composed, as always. It’s a joy reading your work as it’s just so emotional and thought-provoking. I love it.

  4. This poem speaks to me, Sanaa! I love the opening line, which takes the reader straight to the heart of the poem and to your heart, and the way you describe yourself (and your poetry) as ‘equal parts chaos and order’ and ‘a roseate hue that makes browning leaves / seem pretty’, and address us all in the final lines.

  5. A perfect ending to a wonderful poem! It’s great to hear that message that we are all on the same path. And I love the line: ‘I am equal parts chaos and order’ – I would like to be this, but I think I am more chaos 😅

  6. The person in your mirror is veiled in privacy and mystery, defining yourself in what you can be to others. It’s a good way to be, I think.

  7. I like the way you put yourself both as chaos and order, and as both self and as part of the human collective. The complexity of human beings is just like that.

  8. Beautifully done! I especially love this phrase:
    “I am the rain falling in a series of cascades after the drought;” Ah that is the romantic Sanaa I see so often in your poetry. 🙂

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