Soliloquy – In light of a single lamp

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Poem inspired by the title of Allen Ginsberg’s poetic masterpiece, “Understand that this is a dream.”

Understand that this is a dream
of which the heart knows nothing of,
a corner
where roses a shade of currant red hung
while mournful
these eyes of mine observe what stings
in place of dust,
swirling and lining the atmosphere though never losing hope
that serenity will prevail,
now that vision has cleared and I catch a glimpse
of your smiling face,
soft,
stealing the breath of April,
the sigh that escapes your lips is slow,
almost brooding
yet you look me straight in the eye as though sunshine
the sort that glows
behind patches of grey on a cloudy morning,
tell me,
were you a dove painted black
would you think me shallow enough to cast you aside?
Would you believe yourself unworthy of love?
Tell me, would you be able to see
despite varying circumstances my decision is still the same,
like words
these winds do stir the broken pieces,
reminds that time is akin to a double-edged sword,
if yesteryear was cherry
then present day is cream but first understand that this is a dream.

 

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Posted for Poems in April @ Real Toads

Comments

  1. Thotpurge says:

    like words
    these winds do stir the broken pieces,.. that’s a lovely line!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. It certainly has the mysterious beauty of a dream!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. Old Egg says:

    Whata beautiful monologue this is Sanaa. Isn’t it strange when we experience a dream like this how we don’t wan to leave it as we are caught in it’s spell and are saddened when we wake to find we cannot retrun there.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you ❀️

  4. Timoteo says:

    “stealing the breath of April” What a line! And the ending is perfect.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Kerry says:

    tell me,
    were you a dove painted black
    would you think me shallow enough to cast you aside?

    Such a poignant question. I love the play of colour throughout your piece.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Oh I love the first line being repeated at the end. I can see the straightforward glance, and feel the uncertainty of the person being addressed very well.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Goodness, this is so beautiful.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Ellecee says:

    What a lovely dream,, I enjoyed every word,, πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. liked the play of color throughout the poem

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  10. A nice rhythmic tie up in the ending. I love all the vital red mages, straight in the eye through the sun and the black dove.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Amazing- so beautiful Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Jim says:

    This one was fun to read, Sanaa. It did require me to back up once in a while (really quite often). My favorite here was parts of two lines, “the sigh that escapes your lips is slow, almost brooding …” Then the questioning near the end was perfectly placed.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. Ella Wilson says:

    I love the play on color and the puzzles of intrigue you projected~ It was great fun to read!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Margaret says:

    It has a slow rhythm to it and the questioning, searching element lends to the dreamlike quality

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. Sara McNulty says:

    Such lovely lines in this, Sanaa. I love the cherries and cream.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. I love the lines:
    β€˜stealing the breath of April,
    the sigh that escapes your lips is slow’
    and
    β€˜these winds do stir the broken pieces,
    reminds that time is akin to a double-edged sword,
    if yesteryear was cherry
    then present day is cream but first understand that this is a dream’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😍 so glad you liked it ❀️

  17. Barry says:

    Dreamy, lovely monologue… almost read like an incantation… kept me engaged. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. There is such a poignant and beautiful fluidity of language in this one, Sanaa! Bravo!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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