Through the eyes of a Southerner

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It’s nerve-racking. This constant push and pull where we desperately want things to fall in place while the universe expects us to stay calm and chill. I get it. Imagine the beginning of winter; even though the landscape doesn’t offer predictability, it comes with heaven-blended browns and sweet umber caramels, a limitless array of hues to warm any skeptical heart.

I prefer listening to the other person instead of dumping my own woes, deliciously sweet strawberry custard pie to lavish fudge cakes—not because I claim to be invincible, to be objective, but because I choose to.  I have this belief that the more attention we pay to the world, the more we learn about bettering ourselves.

So what if what we planned hasn’t come to fruition? Yet. I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility that existence has its own reason for being.

 

 

 

Merril hosts at dVerse and asks us to write inspired by a line from “Possibilities,” by Wislawa Szymborska. Come join us! 💝

Posted for Prosery Monday: Possibilities @ dVerse Poets Pub

40 Replies to “Through the eyes of a Southerner”

  1. You nailed it! I love the positive affirmation in this. And oooh my mouth was watering when I read “deliciously sweet strawberry custard pie to lavish fudge cakes”
    And yes indeed….I think this sounds like the perfect friend: one who listens! Well done!

  2. Sanaa, may I say, you are so beautiful!

    I like how you choose the attitude you will have and not let anything interfere with it. I like how you turned the line into a possibility.

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

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 😘

  3. I love the lushness of your language here Sanaa:

    ‘heaven-blended browns and sweet umber caramels, a limitless array of hues to warm any skeptical heart.’

    I like the way you separated ‘Yet’ from the rest of the prompt: this speaks of endless possibilities 🙂

  4. Sanaa I love this. You have such a beautiful view on life and our existence. I just wish more people would listen rather than unload their problems. Sometimes it is necessary but there are those that take advantage ☺️💕

  5. I think you incorporated the quote perfectly and it blended perfectly with a lovely view of life. I think we need a positive outlook to find a reason for being.

  6. That is a lovely photo of you, Sanaa! I love the way you portray your winter landscape in this piece as coming ‘with heaven-blended browns and sweet umber caramels, a limitless array of hues to warm any skeptical heart’. I agree with Ingrid about the way you separated ‘Yet’ from the rest of the prompt, and with Christine about your view on life, which be so much better if more people listened.

  7. Love the image of strawberry custard woes and how you withhold them. It’s such a poignant lesson to learn to listen more than speak. Enjoyed your prosery.

  8. How you placed that line at the end, it was truly a gut punch and the well-intended cherry on top. My god, with the whole context of this piece, it fits perfectly. You get that whole feeling and it just hits you right in the chest. This speaks so much about hope, something that a lot of people need right now.

    Beautifully written.

  9. That’s a lovely photo, Sanaa – and a lovely, contemplative piece. I especially liked these words:

    a limitless array of hues to warm any skeptical heart.

    You managed to make prosery sound poetic 🙂

    Yours,
    David

  10. This is just so lovely! I couldn’t agree more with the bit about paying attention to the world to learn about ourselves. I feel so strongly about that. A delightful read that made me crave some yummy dessert 🙂

  11. Yes so what! I really appreciated your perspective in this piece. A good reminder to be attentive. We often forget how we can benefit.

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