Hours before love’s last breath

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Choosing sepia
is as though softening
life’s storm,
it’s being conscious of one’s strength
which strives
to bear the unchanging sun.

Neither picture
nor memory placate
the cadence of your voice haunts
as I struggle
with my heart and head,
without you
I am a flower plucked–
destined to wither before its hour.

 

Photo credits: Adolph de Meyer Still life, 1908.

Posted on ‘Camera Flash’ @ Real Toads

And on ‘Poetry Pantry’ @ Poets United

Comments

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  1. Yes!! “I am a flower plucked- destined to wither before its hour. Lovely write.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. I love the phrase ‘softening life’s storm’, Sanaa, and the lines:
    ‘I am a flower plucked–
    destined to wither before its hour’.
    A gorgeous interpretation of the image!.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. Kerry says:

    This is stunning, Sanaa. One of your very best pieces. It has such poise, and gentle cadence. I love it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😍 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  4. kanzensakura says:

    yes it is a gentle romantic poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Old Egg says:

    There is that indescribable feeling of loss and sadness in your words mirroring the drooping flowers Sanaa. Beautifully written.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Jae Rose says:

    Excellent poem – the ending is powerful

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Sumana Roy says:

    The inner storm is deeply felt specially in the lines: Neither picture / nor memory placate
    A beautiful poem, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Vandana Sharma says:

    So much yearning and pain in this, wish the flower comes back to life.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love the sense that this plucked flower evokes…
    the glass of water is like life support.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. The last three lines squeeze the heart until it weeps. The ones we love should stay around forever. Knowing that this can’t be so rips the heart to bloody pieces.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Magaly ❤️

  11. I love those closing lines: “Without you, I am a flower plucked”….just perfect!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Chrissa says:

    This curls up around my heart and I find myself reading all kinds of experiences into it–trying to have joy in spite of present regrets/sadnesses through managing what we remember.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. Lovely, and that last line…wow.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Susan says:

    A perfect poem–I resonate with the sepia, with the flower plucked. Wow.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. Mary says:

    Sepia indeed does soften! Very descriptive and moody.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    I love the quiet delicacy of this poem. There seems to be almost a holy hush about it.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Truedessa says:

    without you
    I am a flower plucked–
    destined to wither before its hour.

    withering in the place of pain….

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Truedessa ❤️

  18. Wendy Bourke says:

    Stunning images in a beautifully constructed piece that cascades to a brilliant – heartrending – close.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. A beautiful interpretation. I like the way your imagination always goes to unexpected places.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. dsnake1 says:

    ooh, stunning! beautifully crafted. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  21. Jim says:

    You are the light that feeds my smile, makes me shine, and keeps me green and tall.
    Nice, Sanaa.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  22. Helen says:

    I love sepia toned images, their softness is real. Enjoyed this, have a great Tuesday.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  23. Bekkie says:

    Very striking!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  24. Sameera Chaudhary says:

    ‘Neither picture nor memory placate’.. I can feel the yearning in these lines… powerful!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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