Aubade – Death wants nothing more than to teach us kindness

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“J” is for Judgement, should the sky deem me worthy
there is little joy in holding fast to pride
to watch darkness moving through a tunnel
I trace my finger upon the stalk of bitterroot
falling out of skin
do we cry or do we pause?
Blown by the soft winds do we fear the rolling rivers
that run dry,
growing up I dreamed of the other side and back
enamored
I raced past red devilry of roses and laughed
I thought how lovely is death,
three words – make it last
every moment, every breath, every kiss and every act
let not the world drown your voice
let not your soul become lost in the cloud chamber,
long after midnight I sit with myself
my thoughts are wisps of lurid blue when outside everything is silent
“what do you care what other people think?”
Wouldn’t you rather waltz down the half moon street,
it’s then that I understand the doe-eyed beauty
the woman in red
though heads or tails is the politics of money
in the end we are equal in the swirling umber blur of dust
and I wonder when we reach the other side of the story,
will you remember me?

 

Photo credits: La Catrina, Margaret Bednar

Book titles: J is for judgement, The Other Side and Back, Bitterroot, Growing up, Make it last,
Cloud Chamber, Long after midnight, What do you care what other people think? Remember me,Half moon street, The Woman In Red, The Other Side of the Story.

Posted for Artistic Interpretations with Margaret @ Real Toads

 

 

Comments

  1. Margaret says:

    Exquisite is the word that comes to mind! little joy holding fast to pride, Silent midnight, waltzing down a half-moon street, heads/tails the politics of money, equal in the swirling umber blur of dust…. I mean really awesome! Enjoyed this poem very much.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  2. You’ve made death beautiful in this poem, Sanaa, especially in the lines:
    ‘I trace my finger upon the stalk of bitterroot
    falling out of skin’;
    and in the use of colour in:
    ‘I raced past red devilry of roses and laughed
    I thought how lovely is death’
    and
    ‘my thoughts are wisps of lurid blue when outside everything is silent’.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. Kerry says:

    I thought how lovely is death,
    three words – make it last
    every moment, every breath, every kiss and every act
    let not the world drown your voice

    I love how you have encapsulated so much in these lines – such a strong poetic voice throughout the poem, and excellent use of the book titles. A pleasure to read, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Kerry 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  4. Sherry Marr says:

    This is my favourite poem of yours, kiddo. I love it. Yes, make it last, swirl those red skirts. I love the question at the end.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Beautiful work! That title is fabulous and I love the line “let not the world drown your voice” and your close. – Jen

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Mary says:

    Wow, I read this poem over and really enjoyed it. It was not until the afterwords that I realized that it was written using a number of book titles! You worked them all in so seamlessly. Some powerful phrasings….so many late-night thoughts….and what an ending….”When we reach the other side of the story, will you remember me?” That could be the beginning of a whole new poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. So much to love in this, your creativity with book names leaves me speechless.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Old Egg says:

    Beautifully written Sanaa. Mind you I didn’t go serching for book titles but just leaned back and read your absorbing poetry.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Sara McNulty says:

    “I trace my finger upon the stalk of bitterroot
    falling out of skin
    do we cry or do we pause?”

    “Wouldn’t you rather waltz down the half moon street,
    it’s then that I understand the doe-eyed beauty
    the woman in red
    though heads or tails is the politics of money”

    Creative, unique, and stunning!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. Debi Swim says:

    So many great lines, Sanaa. This is just wonderful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. “make it last
    every moment, every breath, every kiss and every act
    let not the world drown your voice”

    I found myself chanting this line. I love the truth and musicality of them, the invitation to resist.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Thotpurge says:

    Very nicely done, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. Jae Rose says:

    I love the story that unfolds with this beautiful piece

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. gillena says:

    “the other side of the story” OMG luv that phrase
    Happy Sunday Sanaa

    Much❤🕊❤love

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Much🌷🌻🌹love

  15. Jamztoma says:

    your words and the accompanying art really are beautiful. i liked it so much!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    The thought of death as lovely is scary for me, not because I fear it so much, but I think sometimes the focus on the afterlife prevents us from seeking what’s best for everyone in this life.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Masterfully written, Sanaa. Provocative and intriguing. Love so many lines I cannot count.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. Rommy says:

    Memento Mori… yes. Remembering that there are limits that we cannot escape, the limit of our time in this incarnation being the largest of them, puts a little urgency into our step and reminds us to drink in all the good while there is time.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. Cressida says:

    The way you have seamlessly used these book titles to create a poem is phenomenal. Well done !

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. “let not the world drown your voice”

    These are words that every poet lives by, along with everyone who hates tyranny.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  21. Vivian Zems says:

    ‘I raced past red devilry of roses and laughed
    I thought how lovely is death’
    i think this line is pivotal to the entire right. Eloquent as always.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  22. Toni Spencer says:

    After watching my grandmother and mother die, I cannot say that death is exquisite or beautiful. It is sorrowful or aweinspiring or down right ugly. Your poem though is beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  23. Chrissa says:

    This poems hums with its colors and its myths–a beautiful write that sinks into the skin. Those titles work really well!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  24. Jim says:

    It’s a pretty poem. Sanaa, movie material in my selections. I sooo like the ending, true vision of a sad and discouraged lady.. Been there.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 🙂 so good to see you ❤️

  25. Wendy Bourke says:

    An elaborate, linger-worthy, beautifully imaged and nuanced piece that one could imagine, easily getting lost in, but you have masterfully kept a wonderful continuity in place throughout. Awesome writing, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  26. dsnake1 says:

    awesome, Sanaa, making a poem out of those book titles.
    your words remind me of a favourite song’s lyrics : “Foe or friend, we are all equal in the end.” 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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