The Turning Point

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The heart knows not winter
only change,
transition,
as the cold comes to usher in the flame–
I look out and embrace
what seem to be amber, spruce and rose
each of which soothe into quiet reflection.
Come February,
I have emptied the soul of pain
similar to how torn pages scatter in the wind.

 

Photo credits: David Bulow @ Bulow_Ink Instagram

Posted for ‘Art Flash 55’ @ Real Toads 

also on Poetry Pantry @ Poets United 

Comments

  1. The last three lines read like a perfect cleansing ritual. Perfect for the season. Love it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  2. Magyar says:

    Grand Sanaa
    __ The thought of nature’s move … builds that feeling in the mind; our northern Earth begins its slant toward the warm. _m

    candlemas
    this last half of icy slant
    times response

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magyar 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  3. An optimistic 55, Sanaa, with cold ushering in the flame. I love the lines:
    ‘Come February,
    I have emptied the soul of pain
    similar to how torn pages scatter in the wind’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  4. Julian says:

    Good to read your poetry again after being busy doing other things these past few weeks, and, as usual always a pleasure to read.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Julian 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  5. To empty the soul of pain is a major accomplishment, because it’s not an easy task.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, MMT ❤️

  6. Mary says:

    February is a month of transition, and when one empties one’s soul of pain – one can have a fresh start. That is what February is, I think – a month of fresh start.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  7. HA says:

    “I have emptied the soul of pain”: Yes, yes. More power to you, Sanaa.
    A lovely verse! 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Anmol 😀 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  8. Oh, those last three lines are a wonder! I love the idea of emptying the soul of pain.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  9. Rommy says:

    This is a hopeful emptiness, because perhaps in the quiet of February, it can start filling up with things that feed the soul.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 😀 thanks for stopping by, Rommy ❤️

  10. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Indeed.. January is an ordeal… love those last lines… they made me smile.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  11. annell4 says:

    I really love this poem!! My new fav!!! of your’s.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Annell 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  12. Myrna says:

    This is lovely Sanaa. I like the thought of the heart’s seasons. And those last lines are so hopeful. I enjoyed this so much.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Myrna 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  13. Chrissa says:

    This poem feels like a meditation and I find myself breathing along each line and relaxing.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Chrissa 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  14. beautifully balanced poem transitioning between love and death with your rose and spruce/yew

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Laura 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  15. Kerry says:

    I love this ode to February, and how you have introduced colours to this black and white scene.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt) 🌹

  16. gillena says:

    I do so admire your February transition as it applies to your Seasons.
    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday

    Much💟love

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Much❤️love

  17. Yes, the whole thing reads as a cleansing ritual. Love your opening lines of wisdom. Life is one season turning into another. Love this

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  18. Vicki J ROGERS says:

    Love this poem prompting me to take deep breaths and release it all.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vicki 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  19. Isadora Gruye says:

    Wow, Sanaa. I really like the tension you build up between the cold and the flame. Epic poem. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Isadora 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  20. Toni Spencer says:

    I like the color you have added to bleak February.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Toni 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  21. Truedessa says:

    I am glad January has gone as we usher in a new month. The groundhog says it will be an early spring. I sure hope so. I think pain has a way of lingering and showing up when we least expect it. May your soul now be peaceful.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Truedessa 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  22. Old Egg says:

    How beautiful and wistful were you words Sanaa. I must confess that when writing about winter in February I can’t help wiping my brow as the temperature in Australia keeps touching 40 C and even the nights arer warm!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  23. Vivian Zems says:

    I love the direction of this. The filling, then the emptying…then the scattering. Sublime.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  24. Wendy Bourke says:

    ‘as the cold comes to usher in the flame– ‘ an awesome line on so many levels and for so many reasons!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Wendy 😍 so glad you liked it! ❤️

  25. Thotpurge says:

    A beautiful piece, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  26. Gorgeous! Exquisite! Crafted to perfection, and beautifully moving.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww gosh! ❤️ Thank you so much, Rosemary 😍 so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️

  27. ZQ says:

    Your last two lines kicked it in for me. Good one!
    ZQ

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, ZQ 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  28. A really beautiful piece Sanaa. I love the thought of emptying the soul of pain…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Linda 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

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