Sweet Empty Sky Of June Without A Stain

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Poem inspired by the title of Henry Vaughan’s masterpiece, “Sweet Empty Sky Of June Without A Stain.”

Why are salt marshes frequently overflowed?
Why am I drawn toward a moonlit path with intensity?
I wish for tranquility to carry me through time,
wear it as skin and allow June to deflect the bleakness of day.
Why does spring allude to violet obsession?
Why do oyster whispers echo within its own silent exterior?
Nowadays my mood quickly shifts from tired
to mellow,
when at dusk silence follows thalia pink and knock-out orange,
there is something to be said about love
having dipped its toes in bitter blues and vulnerability
I can’t remember what it was like before I met you,
to breathe in spaces
between empty whites and mauve hankering,
why is the tongue fretful?
why isn’t your heart tuned to my softest serenade?
I can no longer make sense of things
nor remember if berries
in blackberry bramble cocktail were macerated by cinnamon.

 

 

Photo credits: Loui Jover, Cocktail.

Word List: Salt Marshes, Moonlit Path, Violet Obsession, Thalia Pink, Knock-out orange, Serenade, Blackberry Bramble.

Posted on Artistic interpretations by Margaret @ Real Toads

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Comments

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    What a wonderful cocktail of hues… wonderful and wild

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      1. Jim says:

        I like your colors, Sanaa. I may have a :violet obsession: because those and dandelion’s were the first flowers I knew. After that was “mint” not a flower a couple of years later. Incidentally violets do not grow here along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Probably not enough winter.
        ..

        1. Sanaa says:

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

  2. Charlie Zero says:

    The visuals and the cocktail hues bring everything together of a spark of beauty and wholeness.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  3. This is full of gorgeous images that come to mind Sanaa. Lovely.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  4. Wonderful cavalcade of color; years ago we used hues as a prompt at dVerse; it garnered some interesting poetry.I want to hear some /oyster whispers/.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  5. Jade Li says:

    I like your flow of thoughts and questions, up against that lovely artwork.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  6. Nice use of questions. The colors you used to describe the sunset are fantastic!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice line: “having dipped its toes in bitter blues and vulnerability”

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  8. Truedessa says:

    The questions keep the reader wondering why as well? This part sticks out to me the most. Love can lead to feelings of melancholy blues.

    there is something to be said about love
    having dipped its toes in bitter blues and vulnerability

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  9. Margaret says:

    If only the one desired would return such love … a romantic poem – a longing one – I particularly love the questions – sets it up nicely.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  10. So many questions, Sanaa, make my head spin with a kaleidoscope of colours. I particularly love the shades and emotions in the lines:
    β€˜there is something to be said about love
    having dipped its toes in bitter blues and vulnerability
    I can’t remember what it was like before I met you,
    to breathe in spaces
    between empty whites and mauve hankering’.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  11. Sumptuous! the questioner is so poetic Sanaa and evidently dreams in colour:
    “Why does spring allude to violet obsession?
    Why do oyster whispers echo within its own silent exterior?”

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  12. Lori says:

    I love the mood that shifts from tired to mellow… just a wish for tranquility and perhaps a berry cocktail. The image and the write are very well paired and highlight each other beautifully.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  13. “having dipped its toes in bitter blues and vulnerability” Oh I love that line! Beautiful poem

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  14. Such questions from the stirrings of spring (stirred like a cocktail) :)–the spring’s obsession with violets and oyster whisperings, and the colors, and forgetting it all in the mad stirring (again) of love.
    That’s a great painting and title, too. πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  15. vivian zems says:

    You’ve woven a captivating scene…Well painted!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  16. Mish says:

    I like the way you’ve woven the colours of nature into pondering thoughts and the way the poem shifts smoothly into reflections of love.
    This is wonderful…”I wish for tranquility to carry me through time,
    wear it as skin and allow June to deflect the bleakness of day”

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  17. Kerry says:

    there is something to be said about love
    having dipped its toes in bitter blues and vulnerability…

    These two lines are just brilliantly placed within the description.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  18. Love your poem that seems to end with a touch of sadness! Things do change over time. Well done!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  19. robtkistner says:

    This is excellent Sanaa. A fine read. Well done!

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  20. So many vivid images and passionate feelings here! I love this. πŸ’˜

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dr. Crystal πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  21. Sara McNulty says:

    Love the oyster’s whisper, and the cocktails, of course.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

  22. Marian says:

    Ah, this is very tasty, though unfortunately I think my mood registers as 100% tired. LOL

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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