The strangeness of it all

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Do you remember? Remember, the time we went to the
moor? Barefoot round a turning in the path— in the 
darkness an unexpected scent touched us, of honey,
heather and gorse bush which seems to be embroidered
into the very landscape.

Tell me how do you feel?  Sleeplessness unveiling itself from
the bitter blue sky; if only we could paint choices on its walls
wouldn’t need to then endure all that follows. I am slightly
damp,  for romance of melancholy found within the classics
refuse to leave me; is this what it means to be an old soul?

We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope
of time, mortality, my dear, is a flavor long attached with the
moors. And I wonder if expansiveness, if mere concept that
tugs needs to be explored more often? Do we cry or rest?




Photo credits: Mira Nedyalkova, Stockholm Syndrome

Kim hosts at dVerse and asks to write inspired by a line from “Hummingbird,” by D.H. Lawrence 💝

Posted for Prosery Monday: Telescope of Time @ dVerse Poets Pub

40 Replies to “The strangeness of it all”

  1. There is something so eternal about a moor… I think of the madness of being alone in a place known… maybe even in a dream. The questions work so well

  2. There’s something dreamlike here. The reference to the moors made me think of Cathy and Heathcliff – old neighbours of mine! – and I like your ending. Moors are bleak and beautiful, one of my favourite landscapes.

    1. That’s soo cool! I loved studying ‘Wuthering Heights’ in University. Thank you so much, Sarah 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  3. Like Sarah, I thought of Cathy and Heathcliff barefoot on the moor. You certainly captured the scents of the moor, Sanaa: honey, heather and gorse and I like the phrase ‘embroidered into the very landscape’. Yes, mortality and the moor have a shared past.

  4. I love the way time and place take on new meanings as the various poets are inspired by this D.H. Lawrence quote. Yours is so unique, Sanaa! I could never have written this. The “romance of melancholy found within the classics” escapes me. I need to go back!

  5. Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite novels – I’ve re-read it several times. That idea of running wild over the moors is timeless, isn’t it? You pose a poignant question at the end: great piece!

  6. for romance of melancholy found within the classics
    refuse to leave me; is this what it means to be an old soul?

    There comes a time when the hurt of reality sees one in the eye.’It only seems like yesterday’ is the often-quoted remark. Good shot Sanaa!


  7. I enjoyed this narrator’s flash back to the moor with it’s darkness and smells and nostalgia. She is reflecting on life and her own mortality. It is something most of us want to push away and not think about, not magnify, yet when we do we can change our perspective to that expansiveness. Beautiful language and I like the ending, do we cry or rest?

  8. Hauntingly romantic — it has a mythical sense to it. Well written Sanaa, and a truly great picture to accompany It.

  9. Like Sarah and Kim, I equate the moors with Heathcliff and the romance and mysteries of those times….I love this take on the prompt! The questions at the end, keep the reader connected beyond the ending of your words.

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