When all else fails

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There are days when daylight proceeds as if not prepared to come,
and I wonder
why the world’s not yet been upgraded to a higher definition;
a penny for your thoughts,
we are fragile beings in an unbreakable sort of way.
I look to the sky,
seek the companionship of your words when all else fails–
your perspective helps gain new insight,
urging me
rise above the clamour of the world.

It’s delicate, delightful and deep,
the way the sun blooms on the horizon, unbiased–
is it incumbent for us to act accordingly?
Isn’t it enough that the universe is woven into the fabric of soul?
We write of longing in shades darker than usual,
knowing
only a few will understand; if one has no right to exist
then
neither does the other– I cannot help looking;
I cannot help looking
when all else fails.

 

 

Photo credits: Pinterest

This week, Magaly would like us to write poetry or prose
where we are
to fill in the blanks in the phrase, “When all
else fails, I.” Come join us! πŸ“

Anmol invites us to write along the lines of pride, protest,
gender fluidity et al. I chose to write a tribute poem in his
honor! πŸ’

Posted for “Anmol’s last prompt,” Poetics @ Dverse Poets Pub

Posted for Weekly Scribblings @ Poets and Storytellers United

Comments

  1. msjadeli says:

    <3 You did a magnificent job of it, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jade Li πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. Ken Gierke says:

    I love this line:
    “Isn’t it enough that the universe is woven into the fabric of soul?”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ken πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  3. Dwight Roth says:

    A really nice take on the prompt! We really do need some daylight in the dark attitudes of our world!
    I liked the sun blooming on the horizon, unbiased…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. S M Connor says:

    I love the paradoxes you use here. It’s a great piece, thoughtful and moving.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, S.M Connor πŸ™‚ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  5. Jim says:

    “… a penny for your thoughts… ” are words I’d liked to have asked but never dared to. You used it well here as a rhetorical question.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  6. Very nicely done! I particularly love:

    It’s delicate, delightful and deep,
    the way the sun blooms on the horizon, unbiased–
    is it incumbent for us to act accordingly?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  7. A terrific tribute, Sanaa! I love ’we are fragile beings in an unbreakable sort of way’, the companionship of words, and the lines:
    β€˜We write of longing in shades darker than usual,
    knowing
    only a few will understand’ – so true.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  8. kate says:

    a delicate dance which lightens our heart …

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  9. gillena says:

    Look to the sky, indeed. luv your wisdom today Sanaa

    have a wonderful day. Be safe

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜€ I enjoyed writing this one πŸ’„β€οΈ

      Much love …

  10. Old Egg says:

    Beautifully written Sanaa, it is one of your best poems.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Robin πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  11. Oh, to rise above the clamor of the world…mmmmmm

    1. Sanaa says:

      That’s the plan πŸ˜€

  12. HA says:

    AH! I love it, Sanaa! Thank you for this, really. Such empathy and kindness in your words β€” I am so glad to be able to read and admire your work as well as share this friendship.
    This bit speaks to me particularly: “We write of longing in shades darker than usual,/knowing/only a few will understand; if one has no right to exist/then neither does the other…”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anmol πŸ˜€ I must confess I became very emotional knowing that it’s your last prompt. We have so many beautiful memories of writing alongside each other at dVerse Pub and Imaginary Garden. So, I thought to gift you a tribute poem! I am so glad you liked it! πŸ’„β€οΈ

  13. I really like the ending. So much can be accomplished, so much light can be found, if we never stop looking.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magaly πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  14. Kerfe says:

    If we could all rise above the clamor and listen…thoughtful and true.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerfe πŸ™‚ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  15. “If one has no right to exist, neither does the other” So simple yet so profound. Why can’t the thought become pandemic!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  16. Helen says:

    Fragile / unbreakable. A contradiction, yet so very very true. Beautiful, soulful poem.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Helen πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  17. Lori says:

    To look at light and find it encompasses every colour. (The world could definitely use an upgrade to high definition). I liked how this could be read both allegorically as if questioning a higher power but also individually as to what each person can see for themselves.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lori πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  18. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    I love how you did this tribute… and I cannot but reflect on the fact how important to understand the meaning of compassion… and though I’m not very religious there is a quote from the Bible that I think fits what I want to say.

    John 8:7, viz. β€œHe that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for sharing a quote from the Bible) 🌹

  19. Rommy says:

    Nor can I help looking too.

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  20. Ellecee says:

    So filled with compassion and empathy towards us all. Beautifully written. A very beautiful poem with a message to shareπŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ™

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ellecee πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  21. A wonderful poem, Sanaa. I especially love this line: I wonder
    why the world’s not yet been upgraded to a higher definition;

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Judy πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  22. Lona Gynt says:

    a perfect tribute to our friend Anmol. One who is always looking, looking, he is beautiful isn’t he, and you have caught him so well here. wonderful inantatroy sounds delicate, delightful and deep.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so very much, Lona πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (Yes, he’s amazing!)

  23. Rall says:

    Sadly some of the animals are more equal than others on the farm…been so since time immemorial….the solution? We’d better find one soon before Mother Nature, Mr Giant Meteorite, Madame C Virus and Mr G Reaper sort it for us.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rall πŸ™‚ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  24. Beautiful.. I too love your ending.

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  25. It’s interesting to see daylight depicted as if not prepared to come~

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Larry πŸ™‚ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  26. Hazel says:

    I love those Ds – delicate, delightful, and deep!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Hazel πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  27. Sara McNulty says:

    “Isn’t it enough that the universe is woven into the fabric of soul?
    We write of longing in shades darker than usual,
    knowing
    only a few will understand; . . .”

    Incredible writing, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  28. I read this poem again just now, and this line is still flawless! “we are fragile beings in an unbreakable sort of way.”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jenna πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

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