Epistle To My Present Self

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Lily of the Incas with kisses begins to glow,
as change
brings blues and golds about,
the sky bearing witness to words that form
on paper.

I find myself curling into a ball
as though yesterday attempting to draw emotions out
the sweet with bitter,
the tame with wild;
I am the wind spiraling in every possible direction.

I want to let go of consternation
as lips
pave the way for questions to engage in,
they visit like the outline of the moon in the froth of cold
moving forth but bashful,
how is it that every time I extend my hand
it flutters
like a chortle sounding from the corridors
of a distant dream?

Years of closed eyelids picturing the perfect pitch,
the world
as we know it is comprised of shadows and lies
and the soul being possessed centers upon
what shines the most–
perhaps maturity means being sensitive to a situation
to how we react,
my mind shivering at the thought as leaves fall
in its wake.

You will find me obedient
as a flame at the end of a lipstick stained cigarette,
let October be as unspoken letters
let me tune in to the song of the seas,
as I give in to transformation
something bluer
than twilight and impossible
to resist.

 

 

Photo credits: AQ Arif Oil Painting, KarachiΒ 

Re-posted on the Poetry Pantry 🌹

Posted for Moonlight Musings: the interactive edition @ Poets United

Comments

  1. marja says:

    let October be as unspoken letters
    let me tune in to the song of the seas,
    as I give in to transformation
    something bluer
    than twilight and impossible to resist.
    wow wow so beautiful. Your whole poem felt like gently moving on an undulating sea

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Wonderful images of the many ways and kinds of change, and how, in the end, it is the self who must transform.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  3. The phrase “Years of closed eyelids” lingers, leaves me wondering what must be done to open those eyes. Also, the image of Peruvian lilies glowing is quite the image.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  4. Dear Sanaa beautiful poetic expressions. ‘Like a flame at the end of a lipstick stained cigarette’
    loved the poem but specially loved this line and the stark imagery reflected. Thanks for sharing your excellent work.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Rommy says:

    Beautiful imagery captures the wariness that comes when we’re standing on the edge of a big change. Our minds can picture all sorts of outcomes, but in the end we need to find the way to flow through it all.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  6. Mary says:

    You really have some wonderful phrasings in this poem! I would have to quote several lines, but I will just say I enjoyed this very much. Thinking about October as a time of ‘transformation’ resonates and rings very true.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. sherry marr says:

    I love that shortle sounding from the corridors of a distant dream! Some wonderful phrases and imagery in this one, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Thotpurge says:

    let October be as unspoken letters
    – I like that image! and the bluer than twilight!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Jae Rose says:

    Such captivating imagery and a great pace to this poem – like a wind

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. This was just so beautiful to experience. Thank you!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. A lovely epistle to your present self, Sanaa! I love the colours, the β€˜sky bearing witness to words that form on paper’, and the lips paving the way for questions to engage in. My favourite lines:
    β€˜it flutters
    like a chortle sounding from the corridors
    of a distant dream?’

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  12. This is absolutely gorgeous Sanaa! So many beautiful images conjured up from every line!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Indeed… we do have to change… if we don’t we are being changed anyway.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  14. “a chortle sounding from the corridors of a distant dream” – how very taunting. And “I am the wind spiraling in every possible direction.” Sanaa, you are so good at characterizing in words feelings and experiences that then become incredibly real and palpable for your reader. Captivating!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, H. Hennenburg πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  15. Lori says:

    The beginning of the poem resonated with a feeling of a new dawn the blues and golds. But there is a pitch here to me of reaching for sound and not quite capturing it. Instead “the soul being possessed centers upon / what shines the most” It is the light that is found most attractive.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lori πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  16. Vivian Zems says:

    Give in to your transformation, Sanaa! A lovely epistle ❀️

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Love, love your last stanza–obedient as the flame at the end of a cigarette–your imagery is stunning!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. Wendy Bourke says:

    Powerful and nuanced images that delve into the process of transformation. I really feel strength in this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  19. dsnake1 says:

    great imagery, but i am truly blown away by the last stanza. Mesmerizing!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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