The Mortal Declined to Define

“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” ~ Oscar Wilde

I wonder what my face is
for I straddle both worlds with equal measures
of inhibition and boldness;
one foot on memory and the other on imagination
as I ride mystery of life into the sunset

Illustration from a colouring book, Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford. Coloured by yours truly.
Illustration from a colouring book, Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford. Coloured by yours truly.

The poem is in response to Prompt Nights, “When diving into the possibilities of Role Reversal”. Take note of the imperfect image above refusing to fix into the box!

38 thoughts on “The Mortal Declined to Define

  1. As a couple others mentioned, “I ride mystery of life into the sunset” really spoke to me. How are you doing Khaya? How’s the weather in Finland? I seem to recall you telling me last winter it was so cold that my response was “is it safe to go outside?” lol.

    1. I’m so pleased you like this piece, Steph. I’m doing well, thanks for asking. 🙂 Weather this side is relatively warm, i.e. temperature is still at single digits (about -5°C today)…and yes even at minus double digits, life continues as normal…lol!

  2. I often think that when I write stories or poems with a womans voice ot have an interchange of conversation between the two whether I am being totally fair. As for Oscar Wilde’s quote he was of course being totally unfair purely purely for humorous effect.

  3. Another finely crafted poem that raises an intriguing question: What does my face reveal? In some spiritual work I once read, the author said that the eyes are windows to the soul. Ever since then I have wondered, what do people see in my face, particularly when they look into my eyes? Also, I too believe that I “straddle both worlds with equal measures
    of inhibition and boldness,” at least to some extent. Again, wonderful work, and as always peace and blessings to you, Khaya!

    1. “What does my face or eyes reveal?” is certainly a thought-provoking question. Because we don’t always see ourselves the same way as others do or vice versa. Thank you so much dear friend for your input and support. Blessing to you too!

  4. Whistles!!❤️?This is absolutely exquisite writing, Khaya 😀 I love how you chose to depict wisdom (your wisdom) of the fact that a person may appear simple on the outside but there is more to him than meets the eye. He/She consists of several layers of depth and sagacity. Especially love the image of “as I ride mystery of life into the sunset” sigh.. beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights and for your constant love and support ❤️?

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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