As shades of evening lay scattered on the ground

Spread the love

What you love you must love now
lest autumn with speckles of orange, red and brown is blown away
it becomes a song,
every decade or so time allows a pomegranate blush to suffuse the skin
it serves as a hymn for the greatest generation
its slightest touch has most readily at times unlocked my heart
and dauntless
I would have held on if I had known it was the last
I have spent many an evening staring at leaves falling from trees
green at first
and then shortly afterwards with a gentle caress of yellow
I wish to be close to you,
so that the moment they come to rest on the ground
I can toss them high with your hand in mine
perhaps they will make the most of it the second time round.
Remember me as a time of the day
take down photographs taken over passage of years and smile
as we age onward,
I wish to kiss you with breath perfumed with the vigor of rose
when the darkening sky is filled with remorseless clouds
I have learned that hope is just a tiny flicker against the wind
and that we are born different for a reason,
gift me the power of your intense fragility
the strength to overcome constant vacillation around decisions that bind
the eternal struggle
between heart and mind,
I am whispers of ache strewn across flower petals —
what you love you must love now.

 

Photo credits: Underwater Photography by Marta Bevacqua, pinterest

A combined response to Guest appearance from Kenia Santos and Sunday Mini-Challenge ~ Love after Love by Kim Nelson.

Posted for Play It Again (Old Toads) @ Real Toads

and posted for the Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. sherry marr says:

    Oh how clever, you used several of the titles so wonderfully. I love it, especially your closing lines.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Kerry says:

    I have learned that hope is just a tiny flicker against the wind
    and that we are born different for a reason..

    i so love this poem, Sanaa. How you have pieced together different bits of inspiration, and retained your own poetic voice with its shades of light and dark. beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  3. Mary says:

    Oh yes, we must love in the ‘now.’ It is the only time we have. We cannot live in past love nor in future love. We must enjoy love as it is ‘now.’

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. I do love that beginning and ending. What it says about not stopping, when it comes to love… if we always love now, then we’ll continue to love now when we reach tomorrow.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Helen says:

    Incredibly beautiful … with epic use of the song titles! Bravo.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Toni Spencer says:

    An epic use of the song titles, incorporated so smoothly they would not be noticed. Hope is all we have in these dim times. We must live and love in the now and have the courage to face it. Well done!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Ella Wilson says:

    I love the dreamy feel of your tenderness. There is an ebb n’ flow with your tone that feels fluid like water-so, beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Jim says:

    Time moves swiftly even for love. I
    I loved Mother’s time keepers, the leaves and the tulips vibrated for me. The little twist of age difference helped to keep interest as the poem closed, all the more reason to love NOW.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Your own luscious words and phrases blend so beautifully with the quoted ones, to make a new and special whole, full of romanticism.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. Jae Rose says:

    I love all the rich imagery of flowers and their scents..it really runs through this poem wonderfully

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Thotpurge says:

    Remember me as a time of the day
    – I really like that thought!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Old Egg says:

    How beautifully you constructed this love poem Sanaa as well as including a number of book titles.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. dsnake1 says:

    i loved the beautiful imagery in the poem, and the adroit use of colours.
    well crafted poem! 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Chrissa says:

    This is amazing! It’s a comet in the form of a poem, trailing a fizz of wonder and warning.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Indeed… you can never wait… it’s almost often too late if you do.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Bjorn ❤️

  16. “What you love you must love now” – I think this is the answer to absolutely everything. And “the power of your intense fragility” – this line is intensely insightful and exquisite. Well penned poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Jamztoma says:

    this line:

    I wish to kiss you with breath perfumed with the vigor of rose

    is soothing and sweet. roses are pretty and fragrant. i’d love to kiss someone with a breath perfumed of rose… lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. Too often we forget that now is all we have, and we put off love for another day, a day which may never come. Thanks for the reminder that NOW is the time to love.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  19. OT says:

    Great interplay of other titles

    and a great ode to now

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. Barry says:

    This is so beautiful and delicate reminder not to take now for granted.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  21. Myrna says:

    Now is the best time for everything. You used your ‘now’ to compose a beautiful, tender poem. I love it.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  22. Wendy Bourke says:

    As always: beautiful visual and sensual imagery light up eloquent – and wise – lines of writing. Lovely!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  23. Beautifully elegant…You have woven song titles into a marvelous gem of poetry.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  24. Sweetly melancholic, like petals through our hands, time. Every fall could be our last.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  25. This is so beautiful! 😍

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  26. Rommy says:

    I admire the raw, heart wide open passion of this. And the sense of immediacy, of how important it is to love as hard as you can in the now because there are no guarantees on later.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  27. This is beautiful. Your close ties it all together perfectly.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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