The Aftermath

Stars fall from the sky 

And congregate on the ground to erect an ivory palace,

As bright as day, as searing as the desires 

Entombed deep under the earth's surface.


It doesn't take nightfall 

To lure them inside-

The eager, the crafty, the venal, the mortal.

Every nugget of their flesh blazes in the lambent lights.


Inscrutable power it gives them 

As they undress the bedecked walls,

Strip them of their drapes and ornaments.

Gotta have it all.


But what happens really

When they have it all?

When they reach the point of satiety

Of sin, big or small?


Where do they go

From the aftermath unknown?

After the dizzying silence unfolds, 

After they fall over like a row of dominoes?


The aftermath always prevails.

There's a day even after the day of days. 

For fate's gaze holds hostage 

Even those who embody their masquerades.




◄ All That Remains Is A Mere House

Unrestrained ►


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Shifa Maqba

Tue 4th Aug 2020 06:59

Thank you, D.W. Hamilton!

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D.W. Hamilton

Tue 4th Aug 2020 06:32

"Even those who embody their masquerades." So everybody then! Well done!

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Shifa Maqba

Fri 31st Jul 2020 20:25

Omnism is a beautiful faith! 💗

Nicola Beckett

Fri 31st Jul 2020 05:43

I have lost my faith, found it again, lost it, found it but now I believe in Omnisim, the light in all religions x

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Shifa Maqba

Thu 30th Jul 2020 20:13

Ultimately such opportunistic pontifactors are held hostage by fate's gaze too. Just like any other sinner.
Astute observation, John!
Really appreciate you stopping by. 😃

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John Marks

Wed 29th Jul 2020 21:22

I admire the rhetorical questions. Who doesn't fire such questions off to G-d? And who doesn't fool themselves concerning an answer? "Even those who embody their masquerades:" Imams, Rabbis, Priests, believers, holier-than-thou pontificaters, of all sorts.

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Shifa Maqba

Wed 29th Jul 2020 10:50

Po, your comments always brighten my day. Thank you for stopping by and giving my poems a read. Your kind remarks are always cherished!

Thank you, Bluesky.girl, for dropping a like!

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Paul Sayer

Wed 29th Jul 2020 08:13

Your well of inspiration runs to an infinite depth Shifa.

I await with much anticipation as your words spill out onto my inner screen to illume places I have long forgotten.

Beautifully written.

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Shifa Maqba

Wed 29th Jul 2020 05:34

Thank you, Abdul, for your uplifting remarks and eternal support. It's always a delight to read your generous comments under my poems. Really appreciate the like too!

Thanks, Jordyn, for stopping by & hitting a like!

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Abdul Ahmad

Tue 28th Jul 2020 20:42

The flashing imagery of this poem is stunning.
Phrases: flesh blazes, fate's gaze holds hostage give it a heavy weight punch.
Enjoyed it.

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