In One Puff
by Karima Hoisan
The everyday… the simple, the light changing and coloring the room,
for a few minutes pure silence as the traffic mysteriously disappears.
I find I’m holding my breath in anticipation, of what? I’m not sure.
Now, the wind has hushed, the birds seem to be listening; I’m listening too.
The muse rustles the bushes, plays hide and seek on the shadows,
camouflaging, then revealing, she makes her way through my back yard.
What a very ordinary day she has chosen, there’s nothing exceptional… but her.
Newborn birds express an interest; wide-eyed in innocence they follow her light.
I don’t want to scare her away, so of course, I pretend I haven’t noticed
her circling and twinkling as she traverses the lawn, hiding inside the palms.
I feel she is teasing me, and at the same time answering my unconscious plea.
It’s been some time now, since I fell into a poetic flow and was carried away.
Have you ever seen your muse smiling as she approaches, all zig zag and playful?
I hope for at least a whisper in my ear, some idea, that I might use and call my own.
She is laughing and blows through my screen and in one puff, stands in front of me.
“So, you wish to write a poem today with nothing new to say? Done. Just sign it.”
@ Karima Hoisan
March 12, 2021
Welcome to MasticadoresUSA.
MasticadoresUSA features talented writers of poetry and short prose. We primarily publish writers who write in English, and are based in the USA. However, while the publication language remains English, we also welcome the work of our fellow writers from all over the world.
What do we want to bring to our readers? Edgar Allan Poe once wrote: Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. This is what we are committed to bringing to you. And that’s not an easy endeavor.
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