Perspective

© Gregory Colbert

“Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.”
– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

How can I viably write about war
when it will only end in why
and what for and glum inertia 
for the striving third world 
children who’ll never know
what childhood means.

Somewhere
in the privileged first world
a sentimental Romeo plays the piano.
His only problem –
how to make inroads
with the citrus-perfumed
temptation waltzing his way. 

He wonders if
she’ll leave with him 
at midnight.

He is crestfallen
when she leaves
with his friend.

Ah well.  
First world problems.

© N Nazir 2022

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt: Viable, 82 words, Shay’s Word Garden, where we are given inspiration with singer/songwriter Tom Waits (words used: sentimental, Romeo, piano, temptation, waltzing, midnight, crestfallen), The Sunday Muse (images as shown), Poets and Storytellers United theme: war and peace, and Ragtag Daily Prompt: Citrus

Statuesque in Liberty

I changed again in the night
a flight to a mayan dreamscape
not mine, but 
a spidery vortex of others.

I flitted this way and that
as is my wont,
tweaked a scene here
pulled a string there
for dream lords are not so different
from time lords.

We all but stop the nightmares creeping in
though of course
there’s always a realm for boogeymen.

Finally
I enter a fantasy
at the other end of Yonderland
and watch as an opera of rainsong
falls in thundering symphony 
from the petticoats 
of the newly escaped 
Eurydice.

© N Nazir 2022

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing prompt: Opera, 95 words, The Sunday Muse (image as shown), Poets and Storytellers United (Prompt: to write from the point of view of a TV character), and Ragtag Daily Prompt: Flight

The Dusk Was Awash with Reason and Spelling

we’ll slip through 
portal of cognition
threshold into
the alcazar of why not

I love it when
your disobedience
aligns with mine

we won’t be caught
we’ll be back before they notice
float in sideways
tumble out backwards

transfigure elemental
it’s all so easy
I feel it right down 
to my magical –

and then you kiss me
and then we kiss
it’s all so sudden
and all so stolen
and kissing, we land
onto otherworld sand.

© N Nazir 2022

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt: Alcazar, 76 words, The Sunday Muse, image as shown), Poets and Storytellers United Prompt: List Poem, and Ragtag Daily Prompt: Float

Footprints in the Sky

I am they of the surefooted realm.
Boboa bird spoke at my dawn of becoming.

I carry its marking for all time
to ward off bedazzlement

from crooners of the night-time realm
who would court my soul toward doom.

I compel a conjuring

and thwart them…

…steal away

through a chink of twilight.

© N Nazir 2022

Written for Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt: Dazzling, 53 words, (variations of the prompt word allowed) and The Sunday Muse, image as shown.