On a cold winter morning

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I embrace the morning
drinking in the emptiness, a handful of broken hope.
It fades away like the mist this feeling of regret, this
bearing of a burden long clenched into a fist. What
part of me understood the suffering I knew not,
perhaps nature wears the colour of one’s raging soulβ€”

The dying blossoms whisper,
waiting in a life filled with stories for death to come
and though every soul must taste as layers of illusion
slowly burn away, I can’t help but wish that it didn’t
have to be this wayβ€”

In sombre company of clouds,
I never take myself too seriously, always believing in
the bright side of things, in the aching corners of my
foolish heart I knew that the most dangerous soul is
one who greets adversity with a smileβ€”

All this I feel and more but you
need not hear what goes on inside this Poet’s head,
drinking in the emptiness, a handful of broken hope
I embrace the morning.

 

Photo credits: Jolygram

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Comments

  1. Debi says:

    I love your ending stanza. So powerful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Kerry says:

    The dying blossoms whisper,
    waiting in a life filled with stories for death to come

    These lines grabbed my attention as absolutely profound. We are fortunate when such thoughts become poetry.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  3. I love the way you have started and ended the poem with the phrase ‘I embrace the morning’, Sanaa. I also like the lines:
    ‘drinking in the emptiness, a handful of broken hope’;.
    and
    ‘All this I feel and more but you
    need not hear what goes on inside this Poet’s head’.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. Sara says:

    I love, ‘the dying blossoms whisper’, and the perfect beginning and ending.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. kanzensakura says:

    The dying blossoms whisper….oh how that line resonated in my soul. All I could think of were young people dying too soon.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Toni πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  6. Jim says:

    “a handful of broken hope,” that’s so very sad, Sanaa. So forlorn, the entire poem.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  7. Helen says:

    ‘the most dangerous soul is one who greets adversity with a smile’ ~ cannot stop thinking about your words.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Helen πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  8. Bjorn says:

    Love this.. especially the last stanza… to hide the darkness and embrace the morning. It’s a way of coping

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  9. A true winter’s poem, Sanaa. Well done!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. The broken hope, the bearing of a burden. I know those feelings well. I am so glad you embrace the morning. The young must hold onto hope!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Sherry ❀️

  11. Thotpurge says:

    a handful of broken hope…. beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  12. Rommy says:

    The emotions seem to float along like a line of clouds on a chilly winter morning. It’s interesting, all those conflicting thoughts rolling in an out. But in the end we decide which ones will set the tone for how we face our day.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Rommy ❀️

  13. Mary says:

    I like the idea of not taking oneself too seriously but looking on the bright side. We have to do this often times, I think. I like the ending – embracing the morning – important for us to do EACH day!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  14. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    Smiling in the face of adversity has never appealed to me. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      πŸ™‚

  15. “What part of me understood the suffering I knew not,
    perhaps nature wears the colour of one’s raging soul”

    Something inside us always know what is hurting us – awaiting the acknowledgement.

    A beautiful write Sanaa ! and Yes, we must embrace each new day with hope and continue to put our efforts.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. gillena says:

    Luv your faith as you embrace the morning Sanaa

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today

    MuchπŸ’–love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  17. A beautiful conversation I think many of us have with ourselves….necessary as we go through life….powerful with that beginning and ending.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Donna πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  18. totomai says:

    Ah, winter blues. I like the quiet observations you have listed here. And yes, it’s fun not to take ourselves seriously especially during winter – or times when we feel everything stops

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Totomai πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  19. Bev says:

    Engaging and well written. Let’s all embrace the morning!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Beverly ❀️

  20. ZQ says:

    “…I knew that the most dangerous soul is
    one who greets adversity with a smileβ€””
    Wow!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, ZQ πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  21. Old Egg says:

    How well you write about life and its meaning Sanaa, echoing no doubt many readers feelings too. I am sure many of us would like to chat with you to talk about everything under the sun. ..including me!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww gosh!❀️ Thank you so much, Robin πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it!❀️

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Really liked that final stanza,

    Elizabeth

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  23. Wendy Bourke says:

    This is crafted so beautifully … wonderful lines … and a stunning close.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  24. dsnake1 says:

    beautiful work, Sanaa. most lines can stand alone as a memorable quote.
    i am still thinking about whether “the most dangerous soul is one who greets adversity with a smile”. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  25. Like all your work, a wonderful combination of emotion with beautiful words and phrases.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  26. Cressida says:

    Embrace the morning. It’s a new start. Who knows what can happen!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Cressida ❀️

  27. I love the “burden long clenched into a fist”and that photo is fantastic.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  28. Myrna says:

    I like how your poem opens the door to emotions. It’s good to accept our raw feelings then temper them with our reason. I love the images you describe and frankly, i love this poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww gosh!❀️ Thank you so much, Myrna πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it!❀️

  29. Margaret says:

    “”a handful of broken hope” lovely

    nature, emotions – keying into sadness – all a poets world I suppose. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Margaret ❀️

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