Autumn whose gentle breath lures the living and dead

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Crimson is the aura of death that sought
to coerce
lost souls into a screaming silence.

I cannot forget the feel of sunshine
nor attempt to forgo warbler song at gloaming
like desolate, despairing leaves in winter
I wonder
how one could withdraw from love, desire and hate?

I fear this to be neither coincidence nor dream
my soul bereft
from echoes of want and longing,
could it be that lies fed on ones who were broken?

I am autumn, I am wind
buoyant and hopeful than anything you can ever imagine
there isn’t a fairytale
that I can’t pry from the clutches of cynicism and doubt
once every blossoming decade 
I whisper into the ears of hesitant young
‘You can’t change your fate,
neither can you hope to rewind what’s lost 
but try and keep an open heart 
and you’ll be surprised just where you end up.’

 

Photo credits: Pinterest 

Posted for “Wordy Thursday” @ Real Toads 

also on the ‘Poetry Pantry’ @ Poets United

also on ‘Monday Writes’ @ My Blog-Verses

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. Now, I feel that word “wonderful” sounds too bright a mood. I loved the gloom and these darkish questions in your poem. Thanks!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Old Egg says:

    Poor Ophelia, didn’t she love the wrong man in Hamlet? But that is young love for you. What a wonderful poem you have created here Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. WOW! I LOVE this, especially the last stanza:
    “I am autumn, I am wind
    buoyant and hopeful than anything you can ever imagine
    there isn’t a fairytale
    that I can’t pry from the clutches of cynicism and doubt
    once every blossoming decade ”

    I just love that! And your closing lines are powerful and true. My new favourite of yours, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Sherry 😍 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  4. HA says:

    Oh! That image brings to mind instantly the thought of Ophelia and her pain is the pain in your words — the melancholy of this fairy-tale lies in the fact that it is buoyed by a certain hope — keeping an open heart may after all make it better or at least more bearable.
    I found this question especially evocative: “I wonder/how one could withdraw from love, desire, and hate?”
    Beautiful writing, Sanaa! <3

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Toni Spencer says:

    I am autumn, I am wind. Simply lovely lines Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Rallentanda says:

    Good advice. You can’t rewind the movie but carry on and keep an open heart. Beautiful poem. Your illustrations are always so gorgeous.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Brendan says:

    Try to keep an open heart … that’s the art of it, the magic spell. Well done!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Kerry says:

    The narrative voice is captivating.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Love this, especially:
    “I am autumn, I am wind
    buoyant and hopeful”

    So lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love the end… there is always a life after the realization that fairy tales aren’t true.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Bjorn ❤️

  11. grapeling says:

    a romantic yet modern take ~

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Fabulous, Sanaa. There is so much vivid imagery in your poem. I love the use of the oxymoron ‘screaming silence’, especially in a opening stanza that starts with crimson.as the aura of death. The darkness seeps through the lines, from ‘I cannot forget the feel of sunshine’ to ‘I am autumn, Ia m wind’. I love the lines:
    ‘there isn’t a fairytale
    that I can’t pry from the clutches of cynicism and doubt’
    which is so despairing, you can hear the tears.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. Anna :o] says:

    Fabulous indeed Sanaa – a rich and wonderful write.
    Love the wise hopeful close.
    Anna :o]

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Mary says:

    Loved this one, Sanaa. We all need to keep that open heart, I think, as we continue on our journey!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. annell4 says:

    Your advice sounds good to me!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Vicki says:

    Wow! I loved this so much.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Chrissa says:

    ooooo, loved the line about rescuing fairytales from cynicism and doubt. This was a great read. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. Julian says:

    I always enjoy reading your poetry, and again you have written another fine piece.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. Ali says:

    This is gorgeous.

    I love this:
    “there isn’t a fairytale
    that I can’t pry from the clutches” … It has me imagining having the ability to pull a fairy tale out of one’s tiny purse. 🙂

    The first four lines of the poem are my favorites.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. Great closing insight. I’m always so surprised at how much red can represent. Blue too.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  21. Wendy Bourke says:

    Stunning – beautiful word crafting wafting over wisdom – THIS IS POETRY!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Wendy😍 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  22. Thotpurge says:

    there isn’t a fairytale
    that I can’t pry from the clutches of cynicism and doubt…that’s lovely Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  23. gillena says:

    There are so many openings imaged in your poem Sanaa. However this is my favourite
    “there isn’t a fairytale
    that I can’t pry from the clutches of cynicism and doubt”

    Happy you dropped by my sumie Sunday today

    Much💚🖤love

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Much💛💛❤love

  24. Barry Dawson says:

    This is amazing and profound in the way it touches upon both hope and despair. That last stanza is extremely strong emotionally.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  25. How I love this voice of autumn!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  26. Well done, Sanaa. I love the line “…could it be that lies fed on ones who were broken?”

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  27. gillena says:

    “lost souls into a screaming silence.”
    A very halooween image, the mask, the altered reality the questions of life dead and undead all tied into this bundle

    Thanks for linking to Monday WRites 177

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      My Pleasure, Gillena ❤️

      Much love…

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