A Lullaby of Loss

(Inspired by Death With Dignity, Sufjan Stevens)

Stoic and sober silence, I can feel you,
Like a blanket draped 'round me
When I'm down with flu.
Why don't you speak?
Decimated dreams, I can see you
Even in the stark bleak.
The color of coal.
When will you heal?
Whispers of floating phantoms, I can hear you,
When you hover over my cot
And sing a berceuse.
Why did you stop?
Flowers prefacing tombstones, I catch a whiff of you.
Your perfume infuses the wind
And fills my room.
Why did you wilt?
With the power of my senses, I can reel you in,
But not in totality.
Instead in myriad minuscule fractions.
Will we ever meet?


Sufjan Stevens- Death With Dignity



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Shifa Maqba

Thu 30th Jul 2020 19:56

John, your remarks & observations are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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John Marks

Wed 29th Jul 2020 21:32

a lullaby.

I liked the subtle use of rhyme, that with a staccato rhythm leant much to the effect of your words. A dead flower, a passing hour.

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Shifa Maqba

Sun 26th Jul 2020 03:16

Thank you, Po, for leaving delightful remarks as always! The song may have helped me conceptualize the crux of this poem, but it's poets & well-wishers like you who inspire me to write everyday. Couldn't thank you enough for your overwhelming support!

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Paul Sayer

Sat 25th Jul 2020 19:44

OMG Shifa reading your poem whilst listening to Sufjan sing that track is spelling binding... Thank you for the link.

His lyrics compliment your wonderful poetry here to perfection.

You always inspire and uplift in all you write.

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Shifa Maqba

Sat 25th Jul 2020 18:13

Thank you, Ruth, for your kind words!

Thanks, Abdul, Leon & Rosemary, for leaving a rose each!

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Ruth O'Reilly

Sat 25th Jul 2020 14:36

Really like your portrayal of presence beyond the physical in this piece!

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Shifa Maqba

Thu 23rd Jul 2020 17:20

Thank you, Jennifer, for stopping by & leaving such a generous remark!

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jennifer Malden

Thu 23rd Jul 2020 16:57

Beautiful and so well written. Jennifer

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