Untitled (Desire and Loss)

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Desire is currant jam coupled with
just the right amount of marmalade.
Her reminiscences of younger days
when the world seemed less parlous,
reminds me of a child reaching out
in hopes of catching shooting stars.

One hundred and seventy five pounds
seems like a dream when I stand here
mourning in silence and shock as loss
draped in swathes of slate mocks me
till I’m numb in state.

Chocolate cupcakes and oh milky bars
Her eyes would shine at mere mention
of them, they say a wish comes true as
long as there’s faith.. now I pray knelt
down upon your grave; ‘May pain and
suffering color not your flame, sweep
across from the fields without calling
your name..”

 

 

Photo credits: www.wikiart.org 

Kerry asked us to select one of the works of artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres for our inspiration. This poem is written in loving memory of my cousin Hera. May she rest in peace.. Amen.

Posted for Sky-Flower Friday @ Real Toads

20 thoughts on “Untitled (Desire and Loss)

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    This is so poignant, the weight in pound coupled to the lightness of its spirit is like the tension between earth and air.

  2. Kim M. Russell says:

    Great opening lines, Sanaa, of sugar-sweet desire and ‘a child reaching out / in hopes of catching shooting stars’. I like the internal rhyme in ‘draped in swathes of slate mocks me / till I’m numb in state’ and the solemnness of the rhyme in ‘‘May pain and / suffering color not your flame, sweep / across from the fields without calling /your name..”

  3. Kerry O'Connor says:

    You have combined the sweet memories of a life with a prayer for the dead in a most touching and sincere way. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Rommy says:

    This one seems to have inspired us both. I like how you used the references to carefree childhood in this to create a portrait of the person as they lived, so we can understand what her absence means to you.

  5. HA says:

    Ah! So poignant and emotive. Your words have that ability to make the reader feel something move within. And that beginning is so well done. 🙂

  6. debi says:

    “Chocolate cupcakes and oh milky bars
    Her eyes would shine at mere mention
    of them” ………….. somehow that makes her real to me in a way other words wouldn’t have and the prayer at the end is lovely

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