When all else fails

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There are days when daylight proceeds as if not prepared to come,
and I wonder
why the world’s not yet been upgraded to a higher definition;
a penny for your thoughts,
we are fragile beings in an unbreakable sort of way.
I look to the sky,
seek the companionship of your words when all else fails–
your perspective helps gain new insight,
urging me
rise above the clamour of the world.

It’s delicate, delightful and deep,
the way the sun blooms on the horizon, unbiased–
is it incumbent for us to act accordingly?
Isn’t it enough that the universe is woven into the fabric of soul?
We write of longing in shades darker than usual,
knowing
only a few will understand; if one has no right to exist
then
neither does the other– I cannot help looking;
I cannot help looking
when all else fails.

 

 

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This week, Magaly would like us to write poetry or prose
where we are
to fill in the blanks in the phrase, “When all
else fails, I.” Come join us! πŸ“

Anmol invites us to write along the lines of pride, protest,
gender fluidity et al. I chose to write a tribute poem in his
honor! πŸ’

Posted for “Anmol’s last prompt,” Poetics @ Dverse Poets Pub

Posted for Weekly Scribblings @ Poets and Storytellers United

56 Replies to “When all else fails”

  1. “… a penny for your thoughts… ” are words I’d liked to have asked but never dared to. You used it well here as a rhetorical question.
    ..

  2. A terrific tribute, Sanaa! I love ’we are fragile beings in an unbreakable sort of way’, the companionship of words, and the lines:
    β€˜We write of longing in shades darker than usual,
    knowing
    only a few will understand’ – so true.

  3. AH! I love it, Sanaa! Thank you for this, really. Such empathy and kindness in your words β€” I am so glad to be able to read and admire your work as well as share this friendship.
    This bit speaks to me particularly: “We write of longing in shades darker than usual,/knowing/only a few will understand; if one has no right to exist/then neither does the other…”

    1. Thank you so much, Anmol πŸ˜€ I must confess I became very emotional knowing that it’s your last prompt. We have so many beautiful memories of writing alongside each other at dVerse Pub and Imaginary Garden. So, I thought to gift you a tribute poem! I am so glad you liked it! πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. To look at light and find it encompasses every colour. (The world could definitely use an upgrade to high definition). I liked how this could be read both allegorically as if questioning a higher power but also individually as to what each person can see for themselves.

  5. I love how you did this tribute… and I cannot but reflect on the fact how important to understand the meaning of compassion… and though I’m not very religious there is a quote from the Bible that I think fits what I want to say.

    John 8:7, viz. β€œHe that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    1. Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for sharing a quote from the Bible) 🌹

  6. a perfect tribute to our friend Anmol. One who is always looking, looking, he is beautiful isn’t he, and you have caught him so well here. wonderful inantatroy sounds delicate, delightful and deep.

  7. Sadly some of the animals are more equal than others on the farm…been so since time immemorial….the solution? We’d better find one soon before Mother Nature, Mr Giant Meteorite, Madame C Virus and Mr G Reaper sort it for us.

  8. “Isn’t it enough that the universe is woven into the fabric of soul?
    We write of longing in shades darker than usual,
    knowing
    only a few will understand; . . .”

    Incredible writing, Sanaa!

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