October is one more yellow leaf as I turn to embrace the end of year

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Dark as the night, as clouds that form around what begs to be seen
I am the goddess of sleep and dreams
I am ripples that form in quiet lakes of green
where kisses linger beneath the moon in the backseat
and laughter echoes in the morning,
deny you may but the soul is aware of what the body refuses to admit
it conceals its deepest desires
but in truth indulges as though giving in to the ferocity of cloudburst,
to the redundancy of roses,
every second Samhain I transform along with others
into a swan
feel the end of harvest season drawing to a close
and winter emerge as the somber half of the year, as the world honors
deceased ancestors–
fleeting is time,
its weight balanced upon rock-ribbed, pearl white wings
I am softer sighs made bittersweet by what remains beyond power,
what’s believed to be,
as water wise beckons me to listen and share a few stories.

 

 

Photo credits: Mythical goddesses by Katrina Taule, Pinterest

Posted for Weekend Challenge @ Real Toads

Comments

  1. Jae Rose says:

    I love that you have written this in the first person – it gives the poem a sense of intimacy as well as some wonderful folklore

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Kerry says:

    every second Samhain I transform along with others
    into a swan
    feel the end of harvest season drawing to a close..

    Such a beautifully poetic inclination to turn into a swan. I love this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. Wonderful title, amazing poem, Sanaa! I love the lines:
    ‘I am the goddess of sleep and dreams
    I am ripples that form in quiet lakes of green
    where kisses linger beneath the moon in the backseat’
    and the phrases:
    ‘ferocity of cloudburst’ and ‘redundancy of roses’.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. Rommy says:

    I’ll bet the dream goddess has some amazing stories to tell to. I’d follow the water’s advice and sit to listen to a few of them.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  5. Lori says:

    The goddess of dreams that conceals what begs to be seen. It’s so mystical and mysterious.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Barry Dawson says:

    Your myth is elegant and mesmerizing… is it weird for me to swoon? Because I’m pretty sure I just swooned. 😉

    lol@ me

    1. Sanaa says:

      Lol! ❤️ Thank you so much, Barry 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  7. Old Egg says:

    I loved that your voice is speaking to us almost willing us to write to this prompt to share a few stories!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  8. Love your poem, especially this phrase..”.but in truth indulges as though giving in to the ferocity of cloudburst, to the redundancy of roses” Beautiful work

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    So much to love with a goddess like this… love also how you treat it with a balance between danger and softness… we are beckoned both to fear and to love such a goddess.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. Vivian Zems says:

    I am softer sighs made bittersweet by what remains beyond power….What a powerful statement!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Carrie V. H. says:

    “I am softer sighs made bittersweet”….wow what an amazing line Sanaa! I love this poem from first word to last!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  12. I like how elusive she reports herself to be. A goddess of sleep and dreams should live in the corner of the minds’ eye, always watching, waiting… to weave sleep into images.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you ❤️

  13. Toni Spencer says:

    I agree with Magaly. Be sneaky. Better to weave the dreams quietly into sleep!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. You have woven a mysterious mythological tale Sanaa. I couldn’t help but think of Leda and the Swan when I read your lines, Beautiful!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. Sara McNulty says:

    “Ferocity of cloudburst “ and “redundancy of roses “

    Beautiful phrases,Sanaa. Great poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Marja says:

    wow what a magic poem

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Fluid and compelling. Takes me along.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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