Melting into the background

A phantom
A ghost

The chambers of my soul

In other people’s dreams


The parts that make my soul
In atrophy

Star bursts of me
In a parallel universe

The chrysalis
Of a new state of being

Born through metamorphosis
Of here and now,
Of once upon a time,
Of a blue cumulus cloud,
and a beam of sunlight

Black holes
And darkness
Make the light shine brighter
And grey days
Hide the dying soul

From this reality
To another.

© Sybille Sterk

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Not my current state of mind.

Inspired by Florence & The Machine and Imogen Heap’s music.

The image to go with the poem:


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    goes so perfectly with the image. and I am familiar with this state of mind. you capture so well. brilliant artist. hugs, shar xoxoxo

  • Many thanks Shar. :-) I am so glad it worked for you. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • YakusokuNono
    YakusokuNonoover 4 years ago

    a cha chaaaa! smooth and flawlessly descriptive. I love your stuff, Sybille!

  • Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderover 4 years ago

    Fantastic words to go with a fantastic image! I love
    The chambers of my soul

    In other people’s dreams

  • Many thanks. :-) Glad you like. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • shadowlee
    shadowleeover 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

  • Wow! Thank you so much. Made my day! xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    as we fade so shall we emerge…..love this Sybille. Like the punchy singular words….nice write and wonderful image. xoxo

  • Thank you so much Cos. It means so much, especially coming from an accomplished poet like yourself. Makes my day to see such a lovely comment. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Marie Wintzer
    Marie Wintzerover 4 years ago

    ‘Black holes and darkness make the light shine brighter’, such a beautiful line!!
    And now i wonder if I ever starred in other people’s dreams…

  • Thank you Marie. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    ROUBLE RUSTover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Rouble. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    w0w! profound poetry sweetheART fabulous fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • I am soooo sorry for the delayed reply. I missed the comment completely. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. It IS greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    I’m so sorry I missed this when you first posted it – but perhaps that was meant to be for it certainly moves me even more now than it would have then. I can so relate to this exquisite write and the image is so perfect to evoke this same mood. But the chrysalis is a powerful metaphor for the rebirth we all go through from time to time. Beautifully done Syb – all around!

  • Lianne, I am so glad you like it and… missed a few of your poems too, due to a cold and very hot weather here – far too nice to stay inside! xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

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