They say only the south wind flattens grass

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They say only the south wind flattens grass;
blows through with a force, a song so confidently sung
as easy as summer daydreamsβ€”
won’t you take a moment and hear what it has to say?
I have always loved the wind;
loved the way its giddy currents flow through woodland canopies
unaware
of how it can soothe those who can sense,
there are times when I can feel it within, the push and swirl
that stirring to show what is solidly thereβ€”
the myriad hues of new beginnings are punctuated
in shafts of pink light
one need only open their eyes and see;
the wind instills the willingness to lay bare one’s heart and soul
despite the chance that both could end up sliced to ribbons.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Boreas – John William Waterhouse Painting, Pinterest

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Posted for Poetics: Travels in the Wild @dVerse Poets Pub

42 Replies to “They say only the south wind flattens grass”

  1. Snap! We chose the same title, Sanaa! I love that your wind has plenty to sing about and much to say, and those giddy currents that β€˜flow through woodland canopies / unaware / of how it can soothe those who can sense’ I also love the movement you have captured in this poem.

    1. Yes we most certainly did! I just came from reading yours and absolutely loved it! Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. The wind can be a bit like a deceptive lover… it hurts, but how can you deny the south wind to do what it likes?

  3. Oh, there’s some lovely alliteration there, Sanaa – all those s and sh sounds, moving through the poem like the wind itself. And the ending is one of those that casts back meaning over the poem, changes the mood utterly. Lovely stuff.

    1. Yayyy! Thank you so much, Sarah πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt)

  4. Well done!
    ‘the wind instills the willingness to lay bare one’s heart and soul’ — I really like this line! I know where you’re coming from.

  5. “I have always loved the wind;
    loved the way its giddy currents flow through woodland canopies
    unaware
    of how it can soothe those who can sense,
    there are times when I can feel it within, the push and swirl
    that stirring to show what is solidly thereβ€”
    the myriad hues of new beginnings are punctuated
    in shafts of pink light”

    So utterly beautiful. Swoon.

  6. I love the flow of your words here, Sanaa – just brilliant:
    ‘the push and swirl
    that stirring to show what is solidly thereβ€”’
    I love the succession of sibilants, and the message carried by your flow of words:
    ‘the wind instills the willingness to lay bare one’s heart and soul
    despite the chance that both could end up sliced to ribbons.’
    -that’s poetry!

  7. so joyful and cheerful lulls into a sense of well being “one need only open their eyes and see” then your last line …

  8. Beautifully rendered, Sanaa! I love these lines “I have always loved the wind;
    loved the way its giddy currents flow through woodland canopies
    unaware
    of how it can soothe those who can sense,”

  9. All the elements have a wide range of actions and reactions, and you have captured well the wind’s tides. I like especially the giddy currents.

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