The Soul of the Moon

I stole the soul of the moon,

Kept it unclothed to illume

Dark, deserted manor rooms 

And fireflies that forever loom 

Above fifty forsaken tombs.


I secured that piece for me,

Kept it between creases deep 

And verses of revered poetries 

Written on the tattered leaves 

Of my hands rickety.


But then came a shooting star,

Its hands stocked with bits of its heart,

Looking for a friend from afar.

So, I looked at the shimmering shard 

And lent it through the door slightly ajar.


The shooting star, a decent friend,

Relayed the end of his visit transient.

Don't get me wrong in the slightest, 

It was nice while it lasted, 

But what mattered more was that it ended.


What mattered the most was

The lack of permanence,

The doors we never opened,

The spark we never tamed,

The time we never sustained.


The stars and the sky 

Now flash dejected smiles,

As they see me soar high 

On key-lime greens and neons bright

To reconcile with the moon while I say my goodbyes.



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Shifa Maqba

Tue 29th Dec 2020 16:18

John, thank you so much for embellishing the comment section with these beautiful verses! Your like is deeply cherished as well.

Thank you, Hugh, Adam, D.W. Hamilton and Aviva for your generous roses!

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John Marks

Fri 25th Dec 2020 01:15

Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
Other echoes
Inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?”

TS Eliot

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Shifa Maqba

Wed 2nd Dec 2020 16:42

Forever grateful for your support, Jordyn. Thanks a ton!

Thank you Vautaw for the generous rose!

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Jordyn Elizabeth

Tue 1st Dec 2020 04:06

So beautifully crafted ❤️ I so enjoy your work.


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Shifa Maqba

Tue 1st Dec 2020 02:30

Thank you Jennifer!

Also, thank you Anmolpreet and Stephen G. for the roses you've sent my way. Much appreciated!

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jennifer Malden

Sat 28th Nov 2020 19:35

Simply beautiful! Jennifer

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Shifa Maqba

Sat 28th Nov 2020 02:52

Paul, what a delightful comment! Thank you. Your rose is cherished too.

Thank you Stephen for hitting a like.

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Paul Sayer

Fri 27th Nov 2020 19:47

This is a beautiful poem of truly cosmic affections
resplendent in all its iridescent splendour Shifa.

I so enjoy your delightful sojourns here.

Like your poem says you will say your goodbyes

I live for the days you descend from on high

To grant us, mortals, the briefest glance

to partake in your poetry such as this perchance.

Until your next Canto
I'm so sad to see you go.

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