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Bittersweet Reverie

i remember the days
when beauty
came easy
i felt it diffuse me
when i breathed
it flowed through me
but now my heart
is like a tangled skein
no longer do i move
and beauty
does not come so easy
it crystallizes on my lips
in mid-exhalation
like rain
turned to hail
in its impatience
to kiss the earth

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Poem and photo inspired by Reverie, Claude Debussy…


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  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    WOW…what a poem….

  • Thank you, E! xo

    – Selkie

  • jacqleen
    jacqleenover 5 years ago

    LOVE LOVE the honesty here….and you have written it in such a beautiufl and tender way!!! xx

  • Thanks so much, Jacq :).

    – Selkie

  • Jimmy Joe
    Jimmy Joeover 5 years ago

    LOVELY…beauty is much more than skin deep. As we get older it’s not about what we look like but ‘who we are’ and spiritual awareness, kindness, and love are what matter most…also—a person who is interesting is ALWAYS interesting—regardless of whether or not they look young.

  • Thanks G – this was really not about physical beauty though. I still get carded for booze. :)
    It’s about physical limitations, pain, illness. All of which conspire to make one feel unlovely in a far less superficial way…

    – Selkie

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...over 5 years ago


  • xxo backatcha.

    – Selkie

  • Leda D
    Leda Dover 5 years ago

    i adore this piece!

  • Thank you, lozz! xo

    – Selkie

  • S .
    S .over 5 years ago

    ahhh yah i remember those days too.. what happened to me… oh well lol
    nice writing selkie

  • I’ll chalk it up to a wicked bloody hangover, lol…

    Thanks, Shoaib :)

    – Selkie

  • discomb
    discombover 5 years ago

    “turned to hail
    in its’ impatience
    to kiss the earth”

    love that!!!!

  • Thank you, Discomb :)

    – Selkie

  • Anthony R. Plastino III
    Anthony R. Pla...about 5 years ago

    I feel this work – like I’ve lived it… Although, truth be told I was never beautiful (though I thought so) :)

    Nice work!

  • Thank you very much, Anthony. It’s ok, this isn’t really about beauty in any physical sense – and i’m sure we all have plenty of beauty in us…it’s just hard to see sometimes…

    – Selkie

  • cathrinedp
    cathrinedpabout 5 years ago

    It’s funny how experiences can move from the inside to the outside and lets us mirror the darkness into our whole being. Luckily all is temporary and everything passes ;-p
    You write beautifully. Like your rythm

  • Indeed, it does :). Thank you very much, Catherine.

    – Selkie

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesabout 5 years ago

    This is completely beautiful. I felt it down in my soul.

  • Thank you so very much, Christie – that’s a wonderful thing to read.

    – Selkie

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