Tulip Girls

all that compost sticky and messy; hidden in the dark
makes for fertile ground. kindness sprouts
and tulips bloom as shadows banish
in nightless nights.

brightly coloured heads applaud sunshine
but blooms carry dreams of a girl
naive and hopeful for a place
under the sun.

tulip girls with godlike ease and radiance
sing a song, celebrate imperfection
and invite all who dare
to dance lightly
with life.

Note: The creative process can be lonely because every creative work requires that solitary time. But support from others who know that aloneness can sometimes be riddled with doubt, insecurity and madness, encourages me to embrace my imperfections. Thanks to Sanaa Rizvi for the reminder that “Imperfection is Beautiful”.

Also, my special thanks go to wicked Magaly Guerrero for her continued support and for the giveaway. Many thanks to the dirt worshipper, Caitlynn Abdow for her generosity and sponsoring this outstanding artwork below. I’m humbled and honoured to have these exquisite “Tulips Girls” in my home. Please take time and visit this amazing artist’s site, and marvel at how she tells stories of mythical surrealism.

"Tulip Girls" by Caitlynn Abdow
“Tulip Girls” by Caitlynn Abdow

Discovering

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” ~ Robert Frost

Everyday for me is a discovery. I think it’s fair to say nobody knows how a day will end, much like writing poetry for me. I guess that’s what makes life interesting and writing compulsive. But the act of discovering: to dig deep and reach for those dark corners, to peel away protective coverings, to take off the armour and be vulnerable, whilst hiding the amount of sweat it takes to make it all seem effortless, can be daunting and downright scary.

Staying in the comfort zone and be safe is not an option either. The desire to find meaning from trivial to the most profound compels me to keep on unearthing. So, thanks to Magaly Guerrero for hosting Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month challenge. It’s been challenging but exciting to immerse myself in darkness, and to find out that dark is beautiful; a frightening magic.

Thanks to you all wicked darling participants for inspiration (through your work and art forms) and encouragement as I push my boundaries. A big thank you to all readers of my blog for comments and show of support as I keep discovering.

In May, the sun shines. I’ll be courting the lake to win the favour of birds.

Thanks piratepatty too for inviting me along the quote challenge. If you are a book lover, please do visit her blog, you’ll find a lot of helpful book reviews.

The Enchantress

endowed with nine tails, she shapes
her world. shape-shifting powers
ignite fires in arms of suitors
a dream manifests

past and future
illusion of the grandeur
here and now
moment for the enchantress

witty and foxy she plays not
in the sun but courts the night
and forever young
she will be.

Prompt, “Write a poem inspired by Japanese myth and lore” for Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month Challenge.