Soliloquy – How to eat a Strawberry?

I curse strawberries when the clouds are in sight;
more so, for giving me
a taste of something wild and sweet,
they remind me of bourbon, of bullets
and Bukowski,
they remind me that softer sighs are only the
beginning.

How to eat a strawberry? First, inhale deeplyβ€”
feel the intricate weave of emotions
held taut by reserve,
as though a poem stripped down raw,
next, take a bite and delve with incisors,
if we must fall, then let it be
with a softness born of hushed rain and twilight,
I am caught in its merciless unraveling.

Eat it with sugar or spice or cream;
but bear in mind, that once it treads through
the cavern black there’s no escapeβ€”
its promise of a perfect summer is decades old,
repeated over and over again
while one is beguiled by flavour and reduced
to monosyllable, tell me,
what am I to do with this longing for more?

I have gone a little far this time;
stepped forward to study his features chiseled,
his eyes upturned, dark and lovely,
covering my own in a roseate glaze,
the things I write after midnight are not just poetry;
they are confessions
embodying the freedom of wind
and silence of desertsβ€” both sumptuous and curious,
both heat and cold that slips into the heart,
who knew that a missing part of me was in actuality
a part of you?
Who knew that fruit would flow rhythmically in my veins?
I curse strawberries when the clouds are in sight.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Grace says:

    This is a treat to read – inhaling deeply the strawberry. I eat mine plain or mixed with other fruits.
    The things we write after midnight – confessions from the heart.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Grace πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. ain says:

    What a return…luscious, luscious x2, witty, secretive, so clever, confessional but not really….a delight to read…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ain πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  3. I resonate a lot with this, the strawberry becoming the temptation, the subject where you cannot silence cravings simply by indulging.
    I love the wild strawberries that you actually eat from a straw the best… πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      I love the raw ones too! Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. Misky says:

    This is a lovely, juicy delight. Sweet temptation and a cloud of cream. Quite delicious.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Misky πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  5. Petru says:

    Strawberries with black pepper and cream – very different and wonderful.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Petru πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  6. gillena says:

    Nice one Sanaa my granddaughter she is nine now loves strawberries from since she could hold one in her little hands

    muchπŸ’›love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

      Much love back..

  7. Tzvi Fievel says:

    “confessions
    embodying the freedom of wind.”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Tzvi πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  8. Peter says:

    Delicious sensuous piece – I particularly liked the last stanza – alternating between passion and chill rejection – what we write after midnight indeed.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Peter πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  9. Dwight Roth says:

    Wonderful, Sanaa. You have turned eating strawberries into a very sensuous experience, calling for more!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  10. Punam says:

    Love this, Sanaa! Lush, luscious and lovely and the last stanza is stellar! ❀️❀️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Punam πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  11. Wonderful poem Sanaa, especially the unexpected turns…..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  12. Wow! I’ll never look at a strawberry in the same way again!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Denise πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  13. JIm Feeney says:

    they remind me of bourbon, of bullets
    and Bukowski,
    This is a great line …..and I like the way the poem turns at the end…JIM

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

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