Beneath the blood moon

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Soft and smooth, spilling as waves on board
I close my eyes though mindful of your glare,
as prejudice cuts through bone.

Silence seeps into the straining flesh, andΒ 
I wonder if conscience reached your ear,
as wind outside begins to howl.

I gaze upon the blood moon, as yesterday
broods alone in the shadows, loitering
where our kind never goes.

 

Photo credits: Man Ray (1929)

Posted for “Camera Flash” @ Real Toads

& on the ‘Poetry Pantry’ @ Poets United

& on Monday Writes @ My Blog- Verses

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Comments

  1. angie says:

    broody, moody. i like this howl.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Angie πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  2. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love how you focused on her closed eyes rather than the hair… too many glares of prejudice to stand…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  3. tedstrutz says:

    This is nice, I loved this line… ‘I wonder if conscience reached your ear’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ted πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  4. kanzensakura says:

    I too like how you focused on her eyes instead of her hair. They look rather bruised, don’t they?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ I was drawn by them as I wrote down this poem. Thanks for stopping by, Toni ❀️

  5. kaykuala says:

    I close my eyes though mindful of your glare,
    as prejudice cuts through bone.

    Those with beautiful locks are not spared of snide comments by those envious!

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Hank ❀️

  6. Such a contrast to Shay’s sassy girl, your beauty comes across as romantic and, although you start with her hair, you’ve focused on her eyes, Sanaa, which are closed in the first stanza but open in the final stanza, where she gazes on the blood moon. I love that such a beauty can also be a werewolf that howls at the moon and loiters ‘where our kind never goes’. I particularly love the phrase ‘broods alone in the shadows’, which lends the poem extra darkness.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Oh gosh!❀️ Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it!❀️

  7. Thotpurge says:

    where our kind never goes… intriguing take on the image!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  8. Jae Rose says:

    I love the atmosphere you create here.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jae πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  9. Sumana Roy says:

    Ha…prejudice and conscience can’t go together. Well put Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ˜€ thanks for stopping by, Sumana ❀️

  10. Kerry says:

    This is such a striking narrative, Sanaa, more so because you leave a lot up to the imagination of the reader. The speaker’s self-awareness conveys so much of what being a victim does to the pysche. That final stanza is sheer brilliance.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh!❀️ Thank you so much, Kerry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  11. inspirational interpretation – as the saying goes’ what the eyes don’t see the heart does not grieve over’ but you have given her so much vision.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Laura πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  12. X says:

    I really think that last stanza is my favorite. The unwillingness to go back to yesterday, and only looking forward. Where our kind lends me to believe that as separate as the speaker and the other feel, they are not much different from one another.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, X πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  13. Jamztoma says:

    Ooh this felt hauntingly brilliant. I could juxtapose the image with your words, Sanaa and feel a bit scary while also beautiful at the same time. Thank you.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, James πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  14. Mary says:

    Ah, the last line is kind of chilling, as it gives the poem a spooky feel!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  15. Prejudice is terribly sharp blade, a dirty one that damages everything it cuts and rots the hand it holds it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Magaly ❀️

  16. gillena says:

    Luv the closed eyes and contemplation motifs Sanaa. Excellent expression..

    MuchπŸ’–love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  17. Wonderful! I especially love the strong closing stanza. I also wonder if peoples’ consciences bother them when they are acting with prejudice. I imagine they justify themselves in their narrow thinking, but I cant relate.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  18. An interesting take on the image, fo using on the eyes, clever.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, John πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  19. annell4 says:

    You did an interesting response to the image!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Annell πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  20. Oh this is dark and moody….howl indeed…that image mixed with your words is amazing!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Donna πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  21. “as prejudice cuts through bone” That is as stark a description of the agony of prejudice I have ever read. Great writing!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  22. Pat says:

    This is chilling, in a haunting sense, because there is a quiet gentleness, a softer tone, as others have noted, a sense of the romantic, but beneath this, there runs a current that is powerfully strong, free-willed and wild. It will run as it will, without damming. And that magically comes through in this carefully versed and worded piece. Fascinating.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Pat πŸ™‚ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  23. Somehow with the words blood and howl in the mix, I think this is haunting, good for Halloween.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  24. Cressida says:

    Interesting take on the picture….enigmatic!.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Cressida πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  25. Wendy Bourke says:

    ‘as prejudice cuts through bone’ – an impactful, eloquent line of poetry.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  26. Other Mary says:

    Prejudice does cut through bone. Powerful piece.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  27. Myrna says:

    I like how you express the absurdity of prejudice. Great poem Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Myrna πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  28. Marian says:

    Our kind…. leaves questions unanswered in a great way.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Marian πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  29. gillena says:

    Thanks for linking your poem to Monday WRites Sanaa

    MuchπŸ’–love

    1. Sanaa says:

      My pleasure, Gillena ❀

      much love…

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