All black and all sweetness: Deep into the earth my conscience lies

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Crowned with sun-kissed petals and moral culpability
I drag half of Greece to the dark side,
their memories
locked away in a room where winter writes poems
and where inhibitions are laid to rest.
The sky is a palette of gutsy silver awaiting form
and function,
I, a siren of the ancient islets, desire nothing but carnality
and dream of honey-dipped corpses,
pierced in the most glorious of agony until they fall into oblivion.
How can love be so unforgiving?
How can it rise past my jaded lips like a host of thoughts
unresolved,
why do tears spread like fire across smooth skin?
My words on a muted twilight tumble out just to be near him
only he doesn’t care to listen.
Carelessly I shuffle the light of day
releasing souls and such back to their normal state
for at night I allow my emotions to be true to themselves
there is no escape
when it comes to the heart
and a constantly wailing conscience,
or is there?

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Bjorn challenges us to be an ‘unreliable narrator’ and
tell a story that is not ours, exaggerate and lie, but
think a bit on how to expose ourselves.

Posted on Weekend Challenge @ Real Toads

& Posted on ‘Open Link Night’ @ dVerse Pub

& Posted on Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Oh this was dark, the carnal love of honey dipped corpses. the call of the siren with her jaded lips… so very seductive.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (and thank you for the challenging prompt) 🌹

  2. Jim says:

    I enjoyed this reading , Sanaa. Not often do I read of conflict between emotion and conscious. Emotions do change between the dark and the daylight, but the conscious is developed as we grow and a little as we age.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  3. Sherry Marr says:

    I like the idea of being in the room where winter writes poems, and am looking forward to winter for that very reason.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  4. Barry says:

    I felt the silent ache in these words. Especially this line:

    “why do tears spread like fire across smooth skin?”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Barry 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  5. I enjoyed being dragged to the dark side by your siren poem, Sanaa, and being ‘locked away in a room where winter writes poems
    and where inhibitions are laid to rest’.
    How cruel to honey-dip corpses ‘pierced in the most glorious of agony until they fall into oblivion’!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  6. Oh, I love this… I have learned to let my dark side speak. It has created some of my best poetry. You are so talented.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  7. Peggy C says:

    Thank you for this lyrical dark poem. I especially resonated to the last three lines.
    My “constantly wailing conscience” is often troublesome at night.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Peggy 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  8. A lovely lyrical poem of the dark. Well done!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Toni 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  9. Scott hastie says:

    Dear Sanaa,

    Always a little thrill of anticipation, on the cusp of visiting here again and you never let me down. Another delicious write – indeed, no escape for the open, brave and passionate, I fear! Though there are plenty of blessings, even if tainted bittersweet by our transitory nature of our existence. Much still to celebrate that will twinkle in the sky forever…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Scott 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  10. Let me be the first to comment on your reposting (don’t know how so many of you find time to write for Toads in addition to the three for dVerse each week)–hot and dark, like morning coffee. You really hooked me with “honey-dipped corpses’; as shocking as chocolate dipped turds. I enjoyed this stretching of your poetic prowess.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you soo much, Glenn 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  11. Jade Li says:

    “My words on a muted twilight tumble out” I like what this suggests, the atmosphere and the impulse. Beautiful, haunting composition, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jade Li 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  12. This feels like a beautiful, terrible collision of the inner and outer worlds – and collisions within that collision. The chaotic creative and destructive cycles of the universe mirrored over and again, within and without. I love the place where inhibitions are laid to rest, the sky is in a perpetual state of potential and carnality is the sole focus and drive. Just luscious – thank you!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, H.Hennenburg 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  13. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice line: “why do tears spread like fire across smooth skin?”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Frank 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  14. Grace says:

    Darkly seductive. Still love can be unforgiving.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  15. Wow. I can’t think of anything else to say. LOL. Great poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  16. Truedessa says:

    I think at night we are most vulnerable to our emotions and we cannot hide from ourselves. Can we? At the end of the day we close our eyes and we are enveloped in darkness.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Truedessa 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  17. for at night I allow my emotions to be true to themselves
    there is no escape

    Very nice!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  18. Rob Kistner says:

    This is beautifully ethereal and haunting in a most wonderful way — i loved it Sanaa! 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rob 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤️

  19. Kerfe says:

    Love is complicated.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerfe 🙂 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  20. Mary says:

    Ah yes, it seems that so often at night emotions are more true to themselves. You cannot seemingly escape reality in one’s dreams. A thoughtful reflection.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  21. Jae Rose says:

    Perhaps you have written an escape..your words tumble and flow with great force

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jae 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  22. Old Egg says:

    Yes, the narrator has certainly become unreliable in many aspects; carnality I can understand but honey dipped corpses less so! Your muse certainly took you on a wild ride with this poem Sanaa but it is always good to take a road less travelled to see where that takes us.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  23. Sherry Marr says:

    This reading, I was struck by the constantly wailing conscience. Wonderful, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  24. Vivian Zems says:

    Gorgeous Sanaa! If I had to pick my favourite- I would quote the entire write!
    But this one: why do tears spread like fire across smooth skin?
    Ah! Now there’s an image for me to marvel at!♥️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  25. dsnake1 says:

    “I drag half of Greece to the dark side” : oh wow!
    after reading the poem, i feel i am in a video game trying to escape from whatever terrors on the islets. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lee San 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  26. Chrissa says:

    This had the force of fable! I read it as a take on Persephone & the changes and shifts were so vivid & visceral that the myth is slipping toward this. A beautiful collection of images & sensations.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Chrissa 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  27. Wendy Bourke says:

    A fantastic response to an awesome prompt … imbued with a wonderful mythic vibe … your marvellous word crafting, definitely takes this piece to the next level.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

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