Curfew: Day 50

Trapped inside walls, death on the loose, outside,
where once days mattered — you say we are safe in

our primal cave, while out in the jungle, tigers wander —
this night must somehow end in an admission of love

or in lovemaking. Maybe it is an ice cave, you suggest,
seeking warmth, and I wonder if sanctuaries can

be so misplaced, imagined so wrong — but we
follow the rule of skin and word: some skin, some

words are more susceptible than others. We hide in
one darkness, outside another lingers, we make skin

speak, make words touch, this night sheds so many
layers. We hold its head and feel its breath, not seeing

is more sacred than love or lovemaking, till outside,
a broken sky bleeds, confesses its sin of first light.

is it not spring –
even if the flowers
refuse to bloom

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14 thoughts on “Curfew: Day 50

  1. “follow the rule of skin and word”
    There is no sin except indifference, perhaps? But we confess it again and again. Let us console night and moon and earth and the gods.

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  2. “We hide in one darkness, outside another lingers…..” I am faintly hoping humanity may yet rise up and dispel some of this darkness. An indefatigable optimist. Sigh.

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    1. I wish I could be as optimistic, Sherry. I think we’re hurtling down into a pit – already we’ve shifted out from the pandemic into age old hatred and differences, world over. Sickening.

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  3. A tense and atmospheric curfew poem-haibun, Rajani! Better trapped inside walls with a lover than all alone or outside with the tigers. I love the lines:
    ‘…We hide in
    one darkness, outside another lingers, we make skin
    speak, make words touch…’
    and the beauty of:
    ‘…outside,
    a broken sky bleeds, confesses its sin of first light’.

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  4. An excellent stay against the darkness which is more subtle than the dark. That’s all we get–a momentary defense–and you explore that well. And it does make one wonder just what it is we deem sanctuary, and if that is enough. Glad to see you at earthweal, hope you have been well. – Brendan

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