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One glossy stretch of bougainvillea pink perched, stately, atop
the balustrade
so beautiful in its glory that I silently wept,
I wish to instill twilight song in the passageway of your mind
where sorrow lives,
offer the reflection of cloud in a mid-June lake
in disbelief I observed the wind which seems to want nothing more
than to wipe your tears,
I wish to become lost in low hum of traffic, in surrounding trees
and gusting chorus.

Towering between your brooding silence and my attempt at conversation
is the sky,
as thunder echoes across the urban landscape
love, I am unafraid though scent of bougainvillea would be washed away
I’d rather focus upon the darkest flecks of your eyes
in them I witness the mountains where time comes to a halt,
where nature needs not apology and memory’s free from clamor of sin
I could drink in their hue all night and day.

Do branches express their joy through violent rustling?
Is desire akin to fragrance of coppice and berry trees wafting in the wind?
One step into the dappled sunshine,
and you will know just how important it is to think with your heart sometimes
I am struck again and again by euphoria of children
tugging upon their mother’s sleeve,
for purpose of harvesting tomatoes and dark-sweet cherries,
perhaps
it was destiny that led me to indulge in mirth and laughter.

I wish to instill hope in the passageway of your mind
where sorrow lives,
offer the world in exchange for dimples in your chin,
it’s true that two people close to each other don’t always share
the same perspective,

you are coconut white whereas I am ebony black
I wish to embrace deserted streets, empty foyer and words faded into wilting
yesterday
(though I admit I had yet a lot to say)
One glossy stretch of bougainvillea pink perched, stately, atop
the balustrade
so beautiful in its glory that I silently wept.

 

Photo credits: Kazuo Kasai, Watercolor Painting, Pinterest

Posted for ‘Kerry’s Challenge’ @ Real Toads

Posted on the Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. Lori says:

    It is important to think with your heart. Absolutely love that line and the book ending of the write. Like walking down a street and each time struck by the beauty of flowers.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      1. gillena says:

        Gorgeous write, sumptous imagery.
        Thanks for dropping by sumie Sunday today Sanaa

        Muchβ€πŸ•Šβ€live

        1. Sanaa says:

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

          Much🌹🌷🌻love

    2. Therisa says:

      Simply gorgeous, Sanaa, as I find myself, sighing with your words.

      1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Kerry says:

    There is so much to love about this poem, Sanaa. And it seems to give me more each time i read it. I especially like the way you promise the reader solace in the first stanza and share the beauty of the blooming tree.
    it’s true that two people close to each other don’t always share
    the same perspective
    You have revealed your own unique perspective.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Kerry 😍 so glad you enjoyed it! ❀️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  3. Sanaa- How lovely this is. And your reading is beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. What a lovely poem Sanaa! It is spectacular.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Jim says:

    We in the States have a saying that opposites attract. This certainly is occurring in your nice poem. There has to be a compromise for a relationship like to make good, it seems that only your writer is ready to do that. Oh yes, the word, “balustrade”, is new to me although now when I understand what one is I am seeing them often.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. This poem is extremely beautiful. You have outdone yourself. Your imagery, the emotions, the bougainvillea…….lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Lovely! Both on the page (oh all right, screen), where I experienced it first, and then accompanied by your clear voice in the recording. A double treat!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Rosemary 😍 so glad you enjoyed it! ❀️

  8. Helen L Dehner says:

    Your beautiful poem filled every inch of my being ~~ thank you.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. So beautiful in word and reading. Gorgeous imagery

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. “Is desire akin to fragrance of coppice and berry trees wafting in the wind?”… YES! πŸ™‚ that photo is sublime. And I will come back and listen to the poem – it’s late at night and my husband is sleeping πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Mary says:

    I like the idea of installing hope where sorrow lives. I liked the scene you painted and can picture two people in a close relationship walking through your words.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Rommy says:

    It is hard to watch someone you care about go through a dark patch. One of the best gifts we can give them is to be fully present with them while they are in the thick of it, just so they know they aren’t alone in their pain.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Most definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Rommy ❀️

  13. Sara McNulty says:

    What a stunning poem, Sanaa. Hope taking the place of sorrow is a wonderful thought. Two people can have such different perspectives. I love this poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Marian says:

    This is so lovely and reassuring, Sanaa. I know this place: “Towering between your brooding silence and my attempt at conversation is the sky”

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. Jae Rose says:

    Some wonderful thoughts here beautifully written

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Old Egg says:

    How beautifully you write about love and relationships Sanaa. I love the vocabulary you use and depth of feeling that your words contain.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love the solace you find in the flowers… there is a lesson for all to treasure the nature also in midcity humming

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. Chrissa says:

    This is beautiful. You’ve created a singular garden and an architecture out of the silences in a relationship and I am amazed and in awe.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. I like the idea of wind wiping tears away. I agree about children. I had to look up bougainvillea before I saw the video posted. It’s a wonderful banner to stand for.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. Wendy Bourke says:

    Lovely!

    “One glossy stretch of bougainvillea pink perched, stately, atop
    the balustrade
    so beautiful in its glory that I silently wept,”

    What a beautiful line to enfold this evocative, wonderfully imaged piece.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  21. Priya Bhaskar says:

    ‘Towering between your brooding silence and my attempt at conversation is the sky,’ this is soo beautiful, Sanaa! πŸ’™

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  22. Kimberly Scherrer says:

    Gorgeous. This puts me in the mind of wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  23. Clayton Abel says:

    Love this. How lovely the use of language and feel of rhythm througout this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  24. dsnake1 says:

    when bougainvillea blooms it is like a shower of pink and purple.
    your poem is so beautiful. the words make me think of all the bougainvillea i see along our roads and streets and bridges. hardy, yet colourful.
    thank you for the poem. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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