Darker than black

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Aloof and recalcitrant;
the sky speaks of alchemy that goes into shaping my landscape—
rolling hills
dressed in the colours of rain give a glimpse of what goes on inside;
this feeling is hard to explain.
I look into the mirror and see your face instead,
almond eyes vibrant with arrows sting;
they have managed to dye my implacable rivers red.
T
here is only the present— its soft consonants
continue
to ring in my ears, tearing apart the back seams;
what then were masks created for?
Do we really know ourselves as much as we let on?

The music of your amorous lips washes up
against barriers
and rises into nocturnal emptiness— I surrender again and again,
this inclination is darker than black: this inclination is darker than black.

 

 

 

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A Skylover Wordlist: Alchemy, implacable, mask, aloof, almond, nocturnal, sting, landscape 💝

Posted for Writers’ Pantry @ Poets and Storytellers United

Comments

  1. Oooh, yummy! Despite the limitations of the situation, such sensuality.

    Love, in particular, those ‘implacable rivers’, ‘soft consonants’ and the final line. (Beautiful use of repetition.)

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Thotpurge says:

    I look into the mirror and see your face instead… nice! And love the repetition in the close.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  3. Old Egg says:

    Never be ashamed of desire, it is dislike or uncaring that one should be ashamed of. Soft consonants fit very well with love and desire.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. You drew me in with a sky that ‘speaks of alchemy’ and the rolling hills ‘dressed in the colours of rain’, Sanaa! And the face in the mirror with ‘almond eyes vibrant with arrows sting’ that ‘have managed to dye my implacable rivers red’ is so full of passion. I like the repetition in the final line, which echoes the music of amorous lips washing up against barriers.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Excellently done. I particularly liked the repetition at the end.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anthony 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

  6. marja says:

    Beautiful My favourite line “The music of your amorous lips washes up against barriers and rises into nocturnal emptiness”

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Rommy says:

    The repetition works well as an underline of the sentiments expressed

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  8. gillena says:

    “Aloof and recalcitrant;
    the sky speaks of alchemy”

    A riviting opening. You held me transfixed by the magic of the divine

    Happy Sunday Sanaa

    Much💛🌺💛love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

      Much love..

  9. Chrissa says:

    This is the heart of a spell being cast. Amazing. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      😉

  10. Darker than black. The sky speaks of alchemy. I think it is an oracle and you are looking into a scrying mirror.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. This seems sad, Sanaa. “what then were masks created for?” Masks to hide behind or maybe to protect ourselves. Sometimes people feel safe when they hide behind them.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Joel 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  12. Bev Crawford says:

    “eyes vibrant with arrows’ sting” piqued my fancy. So descriptive!
    Also liked the “hills dressed In the colors of rain” Enjoyable read.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  13. You really made good use of Skylover Wordlist. 🙂 The speaker though asks some thought-provoking questions,
    “what then were masks created for?
    Do we really know ourselves as much as we let on?”
    A well written and contemplative piece, Sanaa. <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Khaya 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

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