Self-Portrait – In times of Covid-19

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The mirror is a poem we write to ourselves;
long after the sun,
like golden petals stretches out into the blue—
I am equal parts chaos and order,
it’s a truth I do not care to hide from myself,
if I am to be human.
Allow me to sift through your worries,
replace ache
with soft whispers; conviction
I have learned is a roseate hue that makes browning leaves
seem pretty.
This year has been challenging; uncertainty
drugging the wind worldwide, is this how it’s going to be
from now on?
I am the rain falling in a series of cascades after the drought;

why succumb to apathy
when we can encourage evolution through spirited verses—

come, let us bridge the gap
there is no discouraging us poets from the path;
“I” is equivalent to We.

 

 

(Photo taken a little after quarantine in May)

Sarah hosts at dVerse today and asks us for a poetic selfie. Come join us! ❤️

Posted for Poetics – “Come and take a selfie” @ dVerse Poets Pub 

Comments

  1. msjadeli says:

    I love that last line, Sanaa. A much-appreciated call-out to the poetry community.

    These lines resonate for me:
    “I am equal parts chaos and order,
    it’s a truth I do not care to hide from myself,
    if I am to be human.”

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Sarah Connor says:

    There is such deep strength in this poem, Sanaa – I like the lines Lisa picked out, and I like the description of you as rain after drought. We need all the positivity we can get at the moment.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  3. Lucy says:

    WOW, WOW, WOW! I’m amazed by this poem and entranced by the word usage and flow. The first few lines intrigued me the most. Beautifully composed, as always. It’s a joy reading your work as it’s just so emotional and thought-provoking. I love it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      That is such high praise! Thank you so much, Lucy 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  4. Angie Walker says:

    A very open and Good-spirited write.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Angie 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

  5. robtkistner says:

    Excellent reflection Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rob 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  6. calmkate says:

    powerfully profound, this resonates deeply!

    That last line says it all …
    united we stand
    divided we fall

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Love your thought of I equivalent to We! Yes we are all in this together. Love your order and chaos! I can understand that very well. Well done Saana!
    Dwight

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight 🙂 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  8. Helen says:

    You ended a lovely poem on a wonderfully positive note! Poets on the path ~~ yes.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Helen 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  9. Reena Saxena says:

    I am equal parts chaos and order,
    it’s a truth I do not care to hide from myself,

    Beautifully written lines …

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Reena 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

  10. The conclusion touched my heart. I love the hope leaking in your poem, Sanaa! You are lovely in words and in front of the mirror. <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! Thank you so much, Rosemarie 😀 that’s very kind of you to say so! 💄❤️

  11. This poem speaks to me, Sanaa! I love the opening line, which takes the reader straight to the heart of the poem and to your heart, and the way you describe yourself (and your poetry) as ‘equal parts chaos and order’ and ‘a roseate hue that makes browning leaves / seem pretty’, and address us all in the final lines.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! Thank you so very much, Kim 😍 so glad you liked it! 💄❤️

  12. Ingrid says:

    A perfect ending to a wonderful poem! It’s great to hear that message that we are all on the same path. And I love the line: ‘I am equal parts chaos and order’ – I would like to be this, but I think I am more chaos 😅

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. Jane Dougherty says:

    The person in your mirror is veiled in privacy and mystery, defining yourself in what you can be to others. It’s a good way to be, I think.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jane 🙂 so good to see you 💄❤️

  14. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I like the way you put yourself both as chaos and order, and as both self and as part of the human collective. The complexity of human beings is just like that.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. A good rallying cry!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  16. lillian says:

    Beautifully done! I especially love this phrase:
    “I am the rain falling in a series of cascades after the drought;” Ah that is the romantic Sanaa I see so often in your poetry. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lillian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  17. Sara McNulty says:

    “I is equal to we.” May it be so. We all have our chaos and our order.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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