Martyrdom

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Praying woman hands

Admiration for those who bade our fate survive; filled
our hearts with hope than prayers of ice. May the blood-
shed turn to petals of rose; we lament their loss in rhyme
and prose.

At times we wonder where martyrs be; through morning
skies from marsh to sea. Though best of men have toiled
in the sun; their vows have saved more heads than one.

Fond this wish seemed strange to me;
Which rose and shook this spirit free.

 

 

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Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

Comments

  1. Thotpurge says:

    Lament their loss and celebrate their courage too..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Thotpurge,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  2. Susan says:

    Your final couplet is brilliant, magnificent! The honor and awe sits well in this poem. May it trail the rose petals. May there need be no more.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Susan,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  3. Jae Rose says:

    A beautifully tender and flowing poem -May their bloodshed turn to petals of rose – yes indeed..for all who fall..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Jae Rose,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  4. Sumana Roy says:

    “Their vows have saved more heads than one.”…so true Sanaa…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sumana,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  5. Myrna says:

    Lovely writing Sanaa. How wonderful if we had no need for martyrs, if we all just lived and let live.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Myrna,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  6. Old Egg says:

    Martyrdom is an attempt to right wrongs, to be fair, to relieve oppression, to love each other. We must ensure by such acts that the fair and right way prevails. A fond wish indeed.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Old Egg,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  7. I especially love the form you chose for this poem, which reads wonderfully.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sherry,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  8. Jamztoma says:

    This stanza:

    At times we wonder where martyrs be; through morning
    skies from marsh to sea. Though best of men have toiled
    in the sun; their vows have saved more heads than one.

    really captured my heart. I feel your passion through these lines and it’s all so deep and impressive to me! Thank you.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello James,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  9. The imagery of the rose petals is poignant, Sanaa…beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Hannah,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  10. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    I can’t help but wonder if some of the martyred were frightened beyond words of their fate…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello MMT,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  11. humbird says:

    Excellent passionate write!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Humbird,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  12. Beautifully constructed Sanaa–this piece just sings!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Audrey,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  13. gillena says:

    “their vows have saved more heads than one.”

    the salvation aspect truly brings home the message of this lament/celebration of martyrs for a just cause

    Thanks for dropping in to read mine Sanaa

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  14. Ramya P says:

    This is just simply awesome. So far the best poetry of yours (in my opinion, of course).

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Ramya,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  15. Luk Lei says:

    Beautiul Rhythm and Sentiment. This calls to be put to music.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Luk Lei,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  16. rudraprayaga says:

    Meaningfully penned. The lines ‘their vows have saved more heads than one.

    Fond this wish seemed strange to me;
    Which rose and shook this spirit free.’ I liked much.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Rudra,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  17. L. Moon says:

    Like a quiet whisper is your poem; it carries a hush over lives that were. So respectful of those whose lives not spared.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Leslie,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  18. There is a sadness and a joy when contemplating the lives given in causes they believed in. Your poem beautifully reflects that!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Carol,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, lots of love 😀
      xoxo

  19. Nicholas V. says:

    The “prayers of ice” is the image that stayed with me…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Nicholas,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

  20. gillena says:

    Sanaa thank you for linking to Monday Writes today

    Much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it 🙂
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead

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