Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Living on Borrowed Breaths

Image credit: google

They squirm in desolation, afraid to breath,
Many a careless exhalation have travelled unguarded
To the walled residences, embarrassing their stature

Thus they live on borrowed breaths
Neither inhaling nor exhaling
Drawing sketches of beautiful lands
In their minds
Lest they be executed
For stealing Picasso's paint brush

They have also learned to dream
Lest they be accused of
Harbouring Coup d'etat propensities

They walk with stooped shoulders
Lest they be tortured
For appearing brazen

They have learned to nail their thoughts
To mundane things like grocery and the sun
For many a careless exhalation travelled unguarded
To walled residences.

C) Lorot Salem 2011

Shared with Jingle Poetry Potluck Week 33


Jingle said...

love the word flow.

deep and powerful thoughts.
bless you.


Happy Potluck!

Reflections said...

There is a depth beyond your images, creating a wonderful flow. Nicely done.

lynnaima said...

ha! I do understand how society pushes us to conform, or to silence. Being different from the norm does have consequences. I enjoyed you offering to the potluck! :)
Here is mine: http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/

Salem Lorot said...

@ Jingle, thank you so much. Be blessed too. Will land on your blog in a moment.

@ Reflections, thank you so much for that observation. Let me welcome you officially to Lorot's Poetry. This is the stuff I do. Glad to know you.

@ Lynnaima, thank you so much for your ruminations. Welcoming you to Lorot's Poetry. I will be in your blog in a moment.

lunawitch15 said...

wow. the words here tell so much more than what is said.
wonderful! thank you!



abthomas said...

Loved the flow and the dark images it creates in my mind!

Salem Lorot said...

@ Lunawitch15, thank you so much. Will hop to your blog in a moment.

@ Abtthomas, coming from you, the master, I appreciate. Welcome to Lorot's Poetry. You write so well.

M. A. S. said...

Wonderful language! And the poem is very transporting. It made me think of Saudi women unable to drive or even travel without written permission. Superb.

Salem Lorot said...

@ M.A.S, for you to finally grace my blog is an honour. Welcome to Lorot's Poetry. I also pity those Saudi women. They are chained in social prison.

blackswanpoetry said...

this is wonderfully written. It is well thought out and it serves you well.

my post was here

Salem Lorot said...

@ Blackswanpoetry, thank you so much. Welcome to Lorot's Poetry. Got to read yours in a moment. :)

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