Take, Oh, Take Those Lips Away

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Poem inspired by the title of John Fletcher’s poetic masterpiece; “Take, oh, take those lips away.”

In the realm of you, my dappled sky is moonless,
fringed with fire
and deep-seated in platitude–
the clouds
that promise rain are pensively deep, equipping me
with the clarity I need,

and I wonder
if your crystal clues of truth are identical–
I am core shaken, captivated
and at sixes and sevens, my glitter-stained
tangled roots
disappearing
into a twisted earthen forest pathway,
where a canary whispers your nameβ€” soft and easy.

In my mind, the sense of you is something behind
a tinted window,
part apparition, part firelight
you just might be the safest, most dangerous thing
I have ever done–

your eyes filled with oceans crashing,
tracing poetry along corner of lips where words are left
unspoken–

I feel myself drawn to sweet gravitational pull,
with solitude circling my ankles.
No cages.
I cannot imagine … a more exquisite imprisonment.

 

 

Photo credits: Antonio Mora Portraits, Pinterest

In response to Kerry says; “Lets find our poetic voice,” and “Skylover Wordlist.” ❀️

Posted for Play It Again: Grand Finale @ Real Toads

Posted on ‘The Writer’s Pantry’ @ Poets and Storytellers United

61 Replies to “Take, Oh, Take Those Lips Away”

  1. Sanaa, it has been a pleasure over the years to witness the development of your poetic voice, which is ever so identifiable as your own. You have remained true to your vision of poetry.
    I love the flow of your phrasing and especially the effect of the short line: No cages. That is inspired.

    1. Awwww gosh! πŸ‡β€οΈ Thank you so much, Kerry πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ‡β€οΈ

      I am and will forever be grateful to you for giving me my poetic wings! 🌹

      #realtoadsforever

  2. Moonless! So great.
    Yes, yes… to all that Kerry said above. Your growth has been really wonderful to witness, Sanaa. I’m grateful for the chance, and look forward to what the coming adventures will bring!
    xo

    1. Thank you so much, Marian πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ‡β€οΈ

      It’s been an incredible journey writing alongside you. Here’s to a fantastic 2020! 🌹

      #realtoadsforever

  3. I really like the contrast, particularly in this line: “you just might be the safest, most dangerous thing”. It says so much about living and loving, how they can take everything from us… and how they can give us all we need.

    1. Thank you so much, Magaly πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ‡β€οΈ

      It’s been an incredible journey writing alongside you. Here’s to a fantastic 2020! 🌹

      #realtoadsforever

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ‡β€οΈ

      Also, for your constant guidance in my early years as a Poet and for embracing me as a part of the blogosphere!! 🍷🍾

      #realtoadsforever

    1. Awwww gosh! πŸ‡β€οΈ Thank you so much, Susie πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ‡β€οΈ

      It’s been an incredible journey writing alongside you. Here’s to a fantastic 2020! 🌹

      #realtoadsforever

  4. These words remind me of something long ago:
    “In my mind, the sense of you is something behind
    a tinted window,
    part apparition, part firelight”

    You seem to paint with your words, Sanaa. Bright and sharp and at other times, soft and mellow, blending into a painting in the imagination. Thank you once again.

  5. I must mirror what Kerry and Marian says… your voice and unique poetry has evolved to be truly your own. As usual I admire mostly the intense passion of your words… Hope to see you around.

    1. Awwww gosh! πŸ‡β€οΈ Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ‡β€οΈ

      It’s been an incredible journey writing alongside you. Here’s to a fantastic 2020! 🌹

      #realtoadsforever

  6. Love can do that – reorder the world, shake up your definitions. The hope is that all this deconstructing and reconstructing enriches all concerned in the end.

  7. A vivid poem, Sanaa, full of passion. I love the alliteration of β€˜fringed with fire’ and β€˜clouds that promise rain are pensively deep, equipping me’. I particularly enjoyed the lines:
    β€˜In my mind, the sense of you is something behind
    a tinted window,
    part apparition, part firelight’
    and
    β€˜tracing poetry along corner of lips where words are left
    unspokenβ€˜.

  8. All your poetry is a delight Sanaa and the underlying desire and romantic theme is like a magnet to readers. I won’t say “Don’t change” because we do tend to develop or work in various ways and I am intrigued to see where it might lead!

  9. Truly exquisite writing Sanaa – it took my breath away.
    And I echo others comments in that wonderful blossoming and developent of your poetry is there for us all to see and derive pleasure in its reading.
    Anna :o]

  10. Love this s muchπŸ’• I especially like the contradiction in” you just might be the safest, most dangerous thing
    I have ever done– β€ΌοΈπŸ™

  11. “the sense of you is something behind
    a tinted window,
    part apparition, part firelight”
    Seeing yet obscured, ghostly, but over bright. I almost had to squint when reading those lines for how they made me see.

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