Soliloquy, before long march on Wednesday

I sought to adhere to set of rules laid out
by society;
to discern essentials with the help of naked eye,
just so I could howl along,
they called to me, but I wonder,
now as the moon competes with the sun,
how to tell if the system’s rotten?
How to tell between consensus and chili peppers,
knowing, both, peel the same way?

The answer, of course, lies somewhere
at the end of it, heaving, and bobbing for air—
it accommodates itself to our interests,
flattening its sides,
as a chattering of choughs go overhead,
as though bits of burnt
paper smudging a clear blue sky;
theirs is the only voice that protests, that cries,
while the rest are stunned,
they believe they are in heaven—
not a single fraction of their formerly untainted
selves remaining.

And now a clattering of jackdaws joins the scene;
blending with
grasses, with bamboo
and bulrushes in hue of a sombre afternoon,
as if understanding this feeling,
some days it mocks us,
and other days, it lets us speak the truth,
to voice our concerns,
I am holding them, still moist from the pen.

The bold soul of a Poet can seduce one into
silent submission,
can fuse dream into reality as a scold of jays
observe from a distance,
as bonfires green smolder without comment,
we will no longer stand corruption,
no longer stain our lips with silence—
now that we have come to comprehend; now
that we have come to comprehend,
as one-way traffic,
as loose confetti, falling ash and murder of crows—
you can either opt to join or be swept away
by the tide; the choice is yours.

 

 

 

#PTI🇵🇰 #IMRANKHAN, #LONGMARCH, #REVOLUTION

Photo credits: Joseph Zbukvic Watercolor Painting, Pinterest

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Comments

  1. Sarah Connor says:

    All those wonderful corvids! I’m hopeful that people are seeing corruption now. It’s harder to hide.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Yes.. this is splendid, and if we can find the corruption and pick it clean like the carrion birds do with the bones what is rotten may be gone.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. A lovely piece, the light words belying the dark subject.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. I love the way you invoke and evoke the corvids, but this line stood out to me because it’s such an unusual comparison: “How to tell between consensus and chili peppers,
    knowing, both, peel the same way?”
    I hope that the situation improves where you are. It seems like it is getting scary everywhere right now.

    1. Sanaa says:

      I hope so too! Thank you so much, Merril 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  5. Misky says:

    Fantastic! Gritty and filled with truth.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Ingrid says:

    Excellent and timely poetry with a powerful message, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Grace says:

    I admire how you used the big groupings (I only managed 1) Sanaa. Love these amazing lines:

    And now a clattering of jackdaws joins the scene;
    blending with
    grasses, with bamboo
    and bulrushes in hue of a sombre afternoon,

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. The intensity of this pulls the reader right in.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Kerfe says:

    Such strength in your words. If we would only listen to the birds…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerfe 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  10. rob kistner says:

    Excellent poem Sanaa, and I love “as a chattering of choughs go overhead, as though bits of burnt paper smudging a clear blue sky”. Such a strong image!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Gillena Cox says:

    “How to tell between consensus and chili peppers,
    knowing, both, peel the same way?”

    Here i paused to savour. Poetry at its best
    Nice one Sanaa

    Much💛love

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Much love back..

  12. Dwight Roth says:

    A beautiful poem Sanaa. There comes a time to stand against corruption, so life can move on hopefully toward the future!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  13. Felt like a clarion call, Sanaa. The word is crumbling and it is indeed on us if we can sip our coffee and shut our mouth or say and do something about it.

    how to tell if the system’s rotten?
    How to tell between consensus and chili peppers,
    knowing, both, peel the same way?

    these lines are gems.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. K.Hartless says:

    A call to action. Makes me want to spread my own wings and caw loudly. I enjoyed your words and the pairing with the painting.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, K. Hartless 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  15. Veera says:

    Beautifully done 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Sunra Rainz says:

    This is a wonderful summation of what’s happening politically in Pakistan and a fine call to action, Sanaa! My mom is glued to the Pakistani news and I catch it in the mornings when I can, I can’t believe how they’ve ousted Imran Khan after all the good he’s done! I hope he gets reinstated although it looks so 50/50 right now.

    Adore the whole poem, especially the second and final stanza, the repetition, the line “no longer stain our lips with silence” <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww gosh! Thank you so much, Sunra 😀 so glad you liked it! 💄❤️

  17. Reading this through the lens of yesterday’s horror, it feels so apt. We can “no longer stain our lips with silence.” This contains a rage, and an understanding, and maybe, a solution for us all to “either opt to join or be swept away by the tide”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Alexandra 🙂 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  18. Marion Horton says:

    A wonderful poem, Sanaa – corruption can never be fought with silence.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. calmkate says:

    powerful poetry with a great summation of the corruption that seems so prevalent at this time!

    I too was drawn by “as a chattering of choughs go overhead, as though bits of burnt paper smudging a clear blue sky” … such a vivid image

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. Punam says:

    A very timely verse, Sanaa. Powerful and stellar writing. ❤️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Punam 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  21. anotherKate says:

    This is wonderful. So many vivid images.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  22. grapeling says:

    challenging corruption is indeed a bold task – like this poem ~

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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