Letter composed on the corner of 26th Street

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I have seen white blossoms
fall into the lake
regardless of political storm 
that surrounds it,
witnessed men build dreams
conscious 
of suspicion that destroys it.
This is not anywhere else 
but here
in our heart that we find conviction,
I won’t tell you 
because
you already know how to do it.

And when the night darkens, 
both moon and lovers go silent 
knowing
that art of pleasing won’t always solve
everything,
I won’t disclose
sheets soiled with regret
a water jug,
a magazine
and roses 
stripped of colour
in a hotel room
where opinions are muffled under covers.

This, I am writing to a friend
who on several occasions is caught by surprise,
we can not go back and start
from the beginning,

nor can we hope to undo grief
and change the person we were yesterday,
I won’t tell you how to feel
offer age old cures that only half believe
I won’t tell you
how to let go of buried thoughts
because
even the wind echoes what foolish sing
I won’t tell you how to go on
because
you are already doing a beautiful job of it.

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

 

& on the tuesday platform @ Real Toads

Comments

  1. Susan says:

    WOW! SUCH LOVE! Remembering that the white blossoms fall anyway, hearing this voice.of memory and faith, is beautiful.. And I thank you for you comment on my poem♥️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Susan 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  2. What a masterpiece, Sanaa! The wonderful turns, the evocative images and the sheer honesty and poignancy of it! Beautifully done!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. There is a lot of truth and wisdom in this poem. I loved it.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. Old Egg says:

    What a wonderful piece of wriiting Sanaa; a monologue of love and trust in a friend. Absolutely beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Vicki ROGERS says:

    This is so gorgeous! Love!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Wise, lovely, and true!! I love every line Sanaa!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Sumana Roy says:

    I love the tender voice of the speaker, so full of love. Beautiful, Sanaa, as always. Specially love the flower references.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Kislaya says:

    Your poem has a lovely flow. Opening lines are amazing 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Thotpurge says:

    both moon and lovers go silent
    knowing
    that art of pleasing won’t always solve
    everything… very beautiful Sanaa… a great write!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. Kerry says:

    What a most brilliant poem! An instant favourite for me, Sanaa. I love the voice of the poem, not to mention your phrasing and line breaks, which hold the reader in suspense until the end. The opening lines are stellar. What a hook!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Kerry 😍 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  11. A stunning poem, Sanaa! I love the way you set the scene with white blossoms falling into a lake and the direct address in ‘I won’t tell you because you already know how to do it’ – as if you are writing the letter to me. I especially love the way you capture a whole story in the lines:
    ‘I won’t disclose sheets soiled with regret
    a water jug,
    a magazine
    and roses stripped of colour
    in a hotel room
    where opinions are muffled under covers’.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. gillena says:

    “And when the night darkens,
    both moon and lovers go silent
    knowing ”

    My favourite image of a gorgeous write Sanaa

    Much💜love

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Much🌼🌺love

  13. Sara McNulty says:

    Excellent piece, Sanaa! So much truth in it.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    “opinions muffled under covers” sounds…suggestive!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, MMT ❤️

  15. Rommy says:

    There is a clear-eyed honesty to this, that seems to make the hopeful sentiments feel more possible, instead of just being wishful thinking.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Jim says:

    A nice message of love, what can do and what can’t do to make things better again. Not exactly Humpty Dumpty but not Utopia either. NOW, … through this I got side tracked here, “white blossoms fall into the lake regardless of political storm that surrounds it.” I was playing golf with the guys one day and my ball landed in the little lake. But it was sitting on top of a lily pad just as big as day. Calm, cool, and the works, oblivious of all the competition around it.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Timoteo says:

    I love how the personal plays against the backdrop of what might be considered larger events…but what is truly larger than that which is in our hearts ? Who is that exquisite painting by?

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      It’s by Joseph Zbukvic 🙂

  18. HA says:

    Oh, how I love this poem — your voice is tender, careful, empathetic, wise, and self-aware all at once. From the beautiful beginning to the last ‘individualized’ stanza, the images you carve and the emotions you evoke here made me feel them all.
    I love this bit: “And when the night darkens, /both moon and lovers go silent/knowing/that art of pleasing won’t always solve /everything”.
    Thanks for linking in this wonderful verse, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Anmol 😀 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  19. Toni Spencer says:

    A fine poem. Tender truth in this!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. Oh, I LOVE those closing lines……..your friend will be mightily encouraged by your loving words. Beautiful, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  21. I love the hope in this. Life is loud and divisive these days, but then there are those who have a voice like yours that bring calm to the storm.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Susie 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  22. Thotpurge says:

    And when the night darkens,
    both moon and lovers go silent — like that!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  23. Beautiful, and beautifully satisfying.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  24. Vinitha says:

    <3 I will tell you – this is such a beautiful poem! Lovely lines! You captured the essence so well. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  25. Priya Bhaskar says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Sanaa! 💙

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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