Not calligraphed by rain

That’s why I seek the storms of the
night. The fury. The devastation. The
swirling darkness. The blind sin. To
the morning. To this morning. When I
have to be the sun. Not the sky. Not
the shadow. Force sight. Force
myself to see. I have to be the sun
that makes you visible. You exist again
and I have to see you as you really
are. Not calligraphed by rain. Not
embellished by mist. Not remembered
better than you can be. In the morning,
this morning, I have to be the sun
and you are still who you always were.
But now we cannot turn off the light.

 

 

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46 thoughts on “Not calligraphed by rain

  1. I love the way your poem starts with the fury of storms, Rajani, so full of movement, the shift from night to morning, and the way the sun brings clarity in the lines:
    ‘…I have to be the sun
    that makes you visible. You exist again
    and I have to see you as you really
    are. Not calligraphed by rain. Not
    embellished by mist. Not remembered
    better than you can be’.

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  2. There’s a sense that the subject is as much addressing themselves as the one they are speaking to. The repetition feels like a need to remind themselves that nothing gets solved by looking away from truth or softening its edges down to a soothing lie.

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  3. Great build up and conclusion. I usually love shadow and poetic moon more than the glare of sun. Those times in between are best….dusk and sunset.

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  4. Very intriguing… I pondered this for a while. The physical is easily understood – but I think there is also an emotional vulnerability that is a bit emboldened when the night arrives (or the lights are turned off…)

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  5. Through your gentle weaving of sharp heart observations, a clarity: it is far more poetic to be better than who we are than what full sunlight reveals us truly as. The ‘calligraphy of rain’ requires far less truth than what cannot be hidden in the nakedness of light. Can we take that much truth? You leave us wondering. So well done, Rajani.

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  6. Luv the affirmation of light ” have to be the sun” i gather that the poets soul must be her guiding muse seeking truth

    Happy Wednesday

    Much🕊❤🕊love

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  7. Wowww! This is incredibly potent, Rajani ❤️ Especially like; ” You exist again and I have to see you as you really are. Not calligraphed by rain.”

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  8. This appeals to me on a personal level of interpretation. I needed this but won’t elaborate about why.
    I will say I loved it and love how light unveils truth.

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  9. Oh, I love this. To be in the dark rage of a storm and then be forced to become revealing sunlight is powerful. Wow!

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  10. I have to be the sun
    that makes you visible.

    The fault of those responsible for not carrying out what they are required to.do. Someone has to be doing the policing. It’s a pity!

    Hank

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