These hands, this reach that goes beyond and electrifies

Should the thought of whispering sweet nothings to me
cross your mind;
the mirror in its naivety
reveal hidden scars,
then know that I am only as far away
as you’d like me to be.

You say familiarity breathes,
stretches its limbs out under the sky
and gives longing its crimson hue which autumn
otherwise denies,
how is it that you understand what’s behind my eyes
so easily?
I am aware of the thin line that exists between love
and lust, of darkness that melds with desire
every now and then—
these hands, slender and long caressing the edges,
have the softest blush
I have ever seen, though ebony the night discern fully
when something has changed,
I cannot decide whether it is clairvoyance
or destiny but I am certain it’s you.

Be it vicissitudes of emotion, of geography, of climate,
or human existence,
know that you are forevermore in my blood—
with a potent kiss,
come read odes composed in distant past,
come remove debris by breathtaking sense of you,
these hands, sincere
in their intentions make me feel things I won’t regret,
indulging in flavor poetic—
there’s nothing temporary about the way they explore
every inch, every contour,
no choreographed confusion of forcemeat
or real farce
only knowingness, aren’t they too
a medium through which faith is illustrated?
Don’t they rush as waves tempestuous?
You say familiarity breathes,
I know it, even if the universe suffers total reversal
of space, time and their contents.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Person Holding a Pink Rose by Viktoria Lunyakova, Pexels.

Poem inspired by the poetic masterpiece “California No” by Rae Gouirand.

Posted for Open Link Night #305 – December LIVE Edition @dVerse Poets Pub

Comments

  1. As Lillian called you,”the Queen of Romance”. Your ability to find fresh words and phrases, week after week, is an incredible feat in itself. What I miss, and search for is a mature love, when the shininess wears off. But as Bjorn said,”Your poetry reveals so much about you.”

    1. Glenn, you expressed exactly where I was going to go. This, and all of Sanaa’s work, takes words that we recognize and make us see them differently, as poetry must.

      1. Sanaa says:

        Thank you so much, Alexandra 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

    2. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Glenn 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  2. Ain Starlingsson says:

    Was very nice hearing this read, some lines that transcend any notions of ‘romance,’ such as the mirror…to be honest, your poetry is spellbinding, and not flimsy in the least (despite a comment you might have made live!). It will stand the test of time, yes, but I think will probably go further than that, a bit like bottled wine does.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ain 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  3. Ron Rowland says:

    “the thin line that exists between love and lust”
    I can attest to the fact that both simultaneously is wonderful

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ron 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  4. Brendan says:

    And Sappho blushed.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Brendan 😀 that is such high praise! Thank you 💄❤️

  5. msjadeli says:

    What a treat to hear you read your yearning proclamations today, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  6. Kerfe says:

    “clairvoyance or destiny”–maybe both I think…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerfe 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  7. I was floating reading each verse here, I caress the edges of each word you write and I will cling to the beauty within even when the universe tries to pry them from my dying hands. (I am so inspired I may need to go finish the webnovel now) 😍

    1. Sanaa says:

      Yayyy! Thank you so much, Tricia 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  8. I am only as far away
    as you’d like me to be

    I may have to steal this.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Alexandra 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  9. It is beautiful to see you so in love! Love is a beautiful thing when feelings are mutual as you portray in your poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  10. Reena Saxena says:

    Outstanding!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Veera says:

    Superb poem! Wonderful description of your love 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Veera 😀 so good to see you 💄❤️

  12. Ingrid says:

    This is just stunning, Sanaa! I am enchanted by your words, and can’t possibly pick a favourite line. So rich in love and longing 💕

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  13. Gillena Cox says:

    Luv the breath of every fresh ides presented and explored in your poem

    Much💜love

    1. Sanaa says:

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

      Much love back …

  14. Dora says:

    “You say familiarity breathes”: There is a splendor in these words that, in its repetition, only gathers force. Your voice in your love poetry is uniquely and cleverly your own, Sanaa: fresh in its imaginative appeal in all the best ways.
    Pax,
    Dora

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dora 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  15. The timelessness of love comes through in your words. I too liked, “I am only as far away as you’d like me to be.”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Alicia 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  16. Sunra Rainz says:

    It was wonderful to hear you read again, Sanaa. As always, I am transported into some higher plane with your words. Your poems instil such faith in love and are inherently hopeful and knowing, and I love that about this one. <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, my dearest Sunra 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  17. Wonderfully lush and sensuous with beautiful imagery. Wish I’d heard you read it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Judy 😀 so glad you liked it 💄❤️

  18. Punam says:

    Sigh…romance blooms caressed by your love soaked words! I cannot not believe in love after reading your verses! Sanaa, this is so amazing! ❤️❤️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Punam 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  19. You have such a gift of beautiful language Sanaa. This is another of your poems that gave me goose bumps 🥰. It is always such a pleasure to read your romantic poetry ☺️❤️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Christine 😀 so glad the poem resonated with you 💄❤️

  20. This is such a splendid love poem, Sanaa! There’s no artifice–it’s full of such genuine sensuality. I can’t pick a favorite line because it all flows together. ❤️ And I loved hearing you read it!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Merril 😀 so glad you enjoyed it 💄❤️

  21. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    This was a wonderful poem to hear you read… you really do romance so well.

    1. Sanaa says:

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

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