A Soft, Silent September Night

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“Swans should never despair over ducks not liking them.” ― C. JoyBell C.

Slipping subtly through to lift the blackness is want; its brazen
light shimmers across dark waters, just outside, and streams in
through the space between my curtains. “Sometimes, all that a
heart needs is a push.”

In their dreams they sleep with the moon; freed of gravity, flail up
to dimensions of realms unknown. Herons, unlike us, fret not over
gulls not accepting them. I am a soft, silent September night sewn
by the sense of you. I tell myself misgiving is first and foremost an
external force, stating that one isn’t capable of handling situations;
are we seriously going to allow it to stand in our way?

I hold a perfect salt-bleached shell to my ear, listen to the voices
reaching out from all sides. Sweet, succulent, savory, the sting
that rises
within erases all remains. I prefer stewing in dreams wide
awake.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Edward Hopper, “Night Windows,” 1928

Merril hosts at dVerse and asks to write inspired by a
line from
“Death at Wind River,” by Mary Oliver πŸ’

Posted for Prosery Monday: Moonbeams and Moon Dreams @ dVerse Poets Pub

Comments

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love how you ended this with the dreams that come true during daylight… the moon might be nice, but what you can hold in the sun is so much better.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad the prose resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. msjadeli says:

    Thoughts of wild love in the city on a warm summer night flood in with your poem. Great Hopper image to go with.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  3. I like the setting of the scene, Sanaa, with the moonlight streaming through the space between the curtains, and I love the final paragraph with the β€˜perfect salt-bleached shell’ with a β€˜sting that rises within’. One small thing: β€˜it’s’ = it is, in this case it should be β€˜its brazen light’.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for catching the typo! I fixed it) πŸ™‚

  4. Sarah Connor says:

    This is rich and sensuous, Sanaa. I particularly love all the sibilants here: I am a soft, silent September night sewn
    by the sense of you.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  5. lillian says:

    Wonderful as always, Sanaa. I loved this most especially
    “I am a soft, silent September night sewn
    by the sense of you.
    and the final line is a grabber!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Lucy says:

    So beautifully composed with delicacy and precision. It’s absolutely wonderful and amazing. Another brilliant piece from you and a fantastic take on the prompt!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lucy πŸ˜€ so glad the prose resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  7. gillena says:

    And there are daydreams too. Lovely write Sanaa

    MuchπŸ’›love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      Much love …

  8. A lovely dreamlike prose poem. It’s full of gorgeous sounds. I love how you slipped in the line.
    I didn’t use Hopper this time for my own prosery prompt, so I’m glad you did! πŸ˜€

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Merril πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ I find I am quite taken by Hopper’s work.

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  9. Ron. says:

    Oh, yeah Sanaa; from the crack in the curtains to the shells on the shore, this poem R.O.C.K.S!!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. A dream-like September night, and the thought of the cooling breeze blowing the curtains is so pleasant. Beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ˜€ so glad the prose resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  11. …sewn by the sense of you…
    What a great image! Your dreamy hypnotic tale of choice making is a great bridge between dreams and reality! Well done.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  12. Dale says:

    This was absolutely divine.

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  13. Passion fuels daydreams that meld dimensions, that bend time, that blot out negativity. Another dreAmy and sensual ride.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. lynn says:

    I admire the title, choice of artwork, and your prosery to that final line, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lynn πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  15. Ingrid says:

    A very poetic piece of prose, Sanaa. I especially love the final paragraph with its rich imagery and alliteration.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  16. Mary Hood says:

    I tell myself misgiving is first and foremost an
    external force, stating that one isn’t capable of handling situations;
    are we seriously going to allow it to stand in our way?
    A stunning, serious poetic masterpiece.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so glad the prose resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  17. The shell was a nice touch

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  18. Jane Dougherty says:

    You captured the suffocating city heat, by contrasting it with the thought of wide open sea and beaches.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. Paul Cannon says:

    I love the savoring of dreams in daylight, a continuity, perhaps better in daylight, more real. Loved this prose, lots to sit with.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Paul πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  20. Pat says:

    Especially love the way this started out. A good read😊

    Pat

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