A Shade Darker

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The low sky had become charcoal grey
so much
so that the moon heard not voices
that swallowed the world
and peace of centuries which dwelt
in green pastures,

here
amidst the shadows sleep swans, their dreams amalgamating
into one
I consider choosing you
knowing well that Cygnus would approve
you see
I have had these instances
where chrysanthemums have urged me to feed my soul
yours
is the journey I wish to embark upon, as laughter grows
into something fond,
a feeling
cherished and stored for days
when the sky threatens to turn
a shade darker.

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Read here about The Swan in Celtic Mythology.

Posted for Weekend Mini-Challenge @ Real Toads

And Posted on the Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. Vivian Zems says:

    Ah Sanaa! I love this one. I love the idea of laughter growing and as something to be cherished and protected. Bravo!

    1. S says:

      Wow, Sanaa. That ending gave me chills —

      “the sky threatens to turn
      a shade darker.”

      Powerful writing.

      1. Sanaa says:

        Thank you so much, S πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

      2. gillena says:

        All those wings and stars, all that longing, and sliding into journeys sharings and merges. This is mythical, romantic and fantastic.
        Thank you for dropping by my sumie Sunday today Sanaa

        MuchπŸ’›love

        1. Sanaa says:

          Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

          Much🌻🌷love

    2. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Vivian πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! ❀️

  2. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love the way you chose the Cygnus… I think they would approve,… they are wonderful creatures in so many ways.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  3. Cygnus are such beautiful animals! and named after the constellation.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ˜€ thanks for stopping by, Toni ❀️

  4. Margaret says:

    laughter growing paired with the graceful cygnus – a lovely image

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Margaret πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  5. Swan mythology is particularly haunting, from Greek legends to fairy tales, and the Cygnus constellation or the Northern Cross is a familiar constellation. I love the way you’ve brought the two together in this poem, Sanaa, as well as the contrast of charcoal grey sky and moon, sleeping swans and chrysanthemums. The final lines are stunning.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! ❀️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  6. Kerry says:

    I have had these instances
    where chrysanthemums have urged me to feed my soul

    Such an evocative poem, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  7. Rommy says:

    Love is sometimes the only true shelter we have under darkening skies.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Rommy ❀️

  8. Vicki J ROGERS says:

    A stunning beautiful write. Love it

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vicki πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  9. Most fascinating! And the inclusion of chrysanthemums is absolutely inspired.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  10. One must always heed the urgings of the chrysanthemums, don’t you think?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Absolutely πŸ˜‰ thanks for stopping by, MMT ❀️

  11. I love the idea of storing the good and glorious to use on those days when the not-so-good comes to carve its mark…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  12. dsnake1 says:

    i think this is a great love poem, and a lovely take on the Celtic legend.
    the narrator knows where his love is, even under very trying conditions. i like the contrast of the dark skies, and the swan, which i assumed is white. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lee San πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  13. I love the swans sleeping in the shadows……..and the chrysanthemums urging you to feed your soul. Travel carefully and safely, voyager………

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely ❀️ thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  14. HA says:

    Ooh, I love how you have so deftly imbibed the swan mythology and symbolism here β€” it’s like a bewitching song β€” a sensory palette which is both emotive and evocative.
    I loved this bit: “I have had these instances/where chrysanthemums have urged me to feed my soul/yours/is the journey I wish to embark upon, as laughter grows/into something fond…”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Anmol πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! ❀️

  15. Chrissa says:

    This is beautiful; just compelling.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Chrissa πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  16. I love that chrysanthemums can urge and the moon hears voices, or not.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  17. Wendy Bourke says:

    Another lovely, beautifully imaged piece. I totally agree with Magaly’s comment: an interesting, contemplative ending.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  18. A simply beautiful poem Sanaa! I Love your imagery.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Linda πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  19. Jim says:

    I like this sooo very much, Sanaa. It started out just right with me, the moon not being able to hear voices because of the heavy grey skies. “chrysanthemums have urged” again shows very finely tuned with the hearing or not hearing. This time for the good.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  20. Thotpurge says:

    Goodness.. that reminds me the monsoon is just a couple of months away…. !!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Absolutely πŸ˜€ thanks for stopping by, Rajani ❀️

  21. Magyar says:

    seasoned wings fly
    above this warming garden
    green reaches
    _m

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magyar πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  22. Sara McNulty says:

    This poem’s imagery gave me goosebumps. Beautiful, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  23. Love, it can be our glory or our demise. This is a beautiful poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  24. Whitesnake says:

    Nature has away of soothing the soul in so many different ways.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Whitesnake ❀️

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