When Your Chakras Become Planets

I had a fit of the clevers the other day
ripped the arms off 
an oversized overcoat
turned it into a hibernacle
then crawled in to sleep away 
this ghostly winter that descended 
like an out-of-place glitter ball
(beautiful but wholly unhelpful)

I imagined us all around the fire 
like so many summers ago 
toasting our bones night after night
in the liminal autumn slimness
fending off the blade of chill
each of us telling a tale in turn
how we navigated this mortal maze
some gallant time or other

and I had to crush that sweet bitch
nostalgia, who tried to court me
in the wolf moon hours.  
What’s with you? I said.
Can’t you see I’m immune?
She slunk away to haunt someone else
and left me hunting dreams
in stealth fox mode
as I slipped between the worlds
beyond skin 
beyond heart’s language.

© N Nazir 2023

Written for Shay’s Word Garden where Shay brings us inspiration with lyricist Keith Reid (words used: overcoat, ghostly, descended, blade, tale, mortal, maze). The Word list is still up until next Wed 11th Jan if you want to take part.

39 thoughts on “When Your Chakras Become Planets

  1. Wow, woman! From the first line to the last, this blew me out of my chair out the door down the hall and out the window. A fit of the clevers indeed. That made me laugh, but by the time I got to the end I was sighing. I had to look up “hibernacle”… what a cool word! I loved “some gallant time or other”, it’s so perfectly put. And the entire last stanza, whew! The casual language puts one off guard for a moment for the deeper waters it contains. Absolutely one of my all-time favorites of yours!

    On another note, I was listening to the music while preparing my morning gruel (“More?” squeaks Oliver) and smiled to think that because you know this piece, and because we’re friends, now here it is playing in the early hours at my house. That’s a kind of simple magic, don’t you think?


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    1. Shay, I love your whole comment, ha ha! Thank you for your kind comments, I’m so pleased you liked it!! I read a lot so all kinds of words and phrases pop out of my head when I do a free write. I also love the word hibernacle. It’s quite similar to a tabernacle, I guess.

      And I absolutely agree, that is a simple magic and a wonderful thing! I love that my little imprint on the internet extended across the Atlantic to connect with you in your kitchen in another time zone. Thanks for telling me that 🙂 ❤

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  2. This is really beautiful, Sunra. I especially love the ending – beyond heart’s language. Great phrase! And the blade of chill – love that too. And the concept of a hibernacle made from an overcoat sleeve. ❤️. A really lovely poem.

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