What I enjoy so much about the Weekly Photo Challenge is the way it enables us to express thoughts and ideas as well as share memories. I love the creative freedom it brings, giving us the choice to be as literal or as abstract as we want to be.
Sometimes I find it easier to share my thoughts by writing poetry, particularly during times when I struggle with the way I want to convey certain emotions. This is certainly the case for ‘Room’, this week’s theme.
Room to Breathe
There you are, but where is your shining smile
when you ask me, “Won’t you stay a while?”
Searching for familiarity, I see nothing.
Just a lost hope. A broken expectation of
something I once believed in.
When I was young.
What is that cast about your eyes? How can you
ever hope to disguise the confused distortion of a
truth now long abandoned? It hides in isolation
seeking sweet-solace escape. You met me there once,
in light-years gone by.
Passing time swept through.
I cannot help but observe as you nervously tap your foot –
The laughs are large, small-talk is off limits.
Oh yes, the swagger brings to mind the age-old saying
that a fool and his money are soon parted.
Who said that anyway?
Not much of a promise.
Words whispered in frenzied conversation of dreams
and longing, sieved through until they are dust.
Yet still you poison my innocence, long gone,
with stolen joy. You hope my lips are sealed
lest they might destroy and tell of
secrets locked in shame.
But here I am. The child who never stopped reaching for
sunshine’s hope, seeking comfort in aching peace
where, in divine solitude, I listen for the sound of my name.
This, I know, will soothe my walk to freedom
If I take firm hold. When you
give me room to breathe.