Subdued Names

Subdued Names

A Poem by Sami Khalil
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Ponderings on relative and exact shadows we all possess.

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Subdued Names   By Sami Khalil


Ponderings…


My exact shadow had a resurgence of subdued names.

Vigilant in eventides, his silence rifles through me, in nonchalant manners.

But time rushed past us, blessing the emptiness of waiting lines.

As we hold the shield high, with hollow arms, hostages seep through our breasts.

Chance after chance, he had taken me across elapsed heartbeats.

I could not dissolve my bruises that weighed valiantly in my apprehensive rendezvous.

I might have drifted in self-sufficiency, lofty to many in its concluding smiles.

With tears in each corner, I idolized the marbled sky, feeling more than breaths laden with faceless partners.

My softer heart was a free verse, flowing from generous hands and across fences.

Each time I mouthed a narrative, guilt came forward, blustery and throwing stones.

I had not but scarlet roses to throw back and, a flurry of gasps.

I hastened to the blue curtains to close them.

My exact shadow and I became accustomed to subdued names…



 

© 2018 Sami Khalil


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sometimes we struggle in knowing who we are,i liked this mystery poem

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

So true and well said. Thank you for sharing and visiting. See you soon.
 wordman

2 Years Ago

you`re welcome
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:}...............
i wrestle with my shadows frequently just as soon as i get one pinned down another slaps me across the face! Shadow wrestling is a very unfulfilling sport yet for some reason i can never stop it. Having a bit of a neurological disorder makes the shadows of me a bit more difficult to name but I was blessed with an intuitive mind so there is that.... The tone and message in this is absolutely lovely and i love the painting you made in these words as well the charcoal image you added.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! Thank you so much dear poet for this marvelous review and sharing your private moments that ref.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

" Shadow wrestling is a very unfulfilling sport yet for some reason i can never stop it. Having a bi.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

You have summed it up marvelously...
sometimes our lives continue, uneventful and then stuff happens and we realize just how much has passed us by, quietly, unassuming, but gone... but the constant is always 'shadows" and "subdued names", ones we try and remember but are just out of reach, on the tip of our tongues but never to be spoken... where your poem took me Sami, is how sad it is that we have become accustomed to the shadows, resolved to subdued names when what we have always wanted was to shout them as loud as we could so everyone could hear...
as you can see Sami, your poetry always invites me to explore the thoughts they give rise too... a sign of really good poetry in my opinion, which Sami you always write...

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! So true and well spoken Redzone. I love your take on this poem. I'm so grateful you took the ti.. read more
Time become our enemy in old age.
"But time rushed past us, blessing the emptiness of waiting lines.
As we hold the shield high, with hollow arms, hostages seep through our breasts."
The above lines. I do understand Sami. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! So glad you like this poem and understand the many facets of time and its trials. Thank you so .. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Years Ago

You are welcome Sami and I wish you happiness and great success in 2019.
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:)...............
What a wonderful intriguing write here, so good

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! Thank you so much Brandie Jade for the time and effort. Glad you like it.
A flurry of imagery in every line....powerful to say the least. We all are multi-faceted and have different moods on different days with different people. Subdued names....quite a concept. What shall we call ourselves on any given day? I like it. Lydi**

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! Thank you so much Lydia for this wonderful review and kind visit. May the New Year be of great .. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Human beings will be my answer...
Although admitting to being moody at times, i try to see the shadows that surround me as being reminders that.. life isn't always what we want for selves or others. We imagine, we worry, fluster, settle, then somehow wheverver, discover answers can be found that colour those 'subdued names', those shadows threatening to swallow us whole.
Meantime we miss the glints, the shimmers, the glist of..

' .. With tears in each corner, I idolized the marbled sky, feeling more than breaths laden with faceless partners.- My softer heart was a free verse.. ' Such delicate words, memorable.

Your writing is always full of luxurious phrases, rather like a rich, sweet fruitcake. Perhaps we all need to cut a slice, discover its contents. Reading again, i'm impressed by use of metaphorical know-show, the use of terms to describe what you're needing to say. Sami.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Whoa! What a marvelous and tasty review. I love how you put things in true perspectives. May you sav.. read more
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

I love the mood of the write, the theme and your choice of topic❤
I can feel many honest feelings in this🌸 and i love this vulnerability being narrated so much😍

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! So true and well felt. Thank you so much Daydreamer for this wonderful review and kind sharing... read more
Daydreamer

2 Years Ago

❤❤❤😍😍😍😍😍💶
Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

:::::))))))
Heart turning into a free verse, and flowing across the fences... Wonderful, soft and touching poem

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! Thank you so much Sagar for this lovely review and kind visit. Wishing you a bright New Year.
This message is highly-nuanced & I honestly am not following every twist & turn of your storytelling. But I very much admire your imagery, which is totally out of the box & it lends a dynamic aspect to your descriptions. I am drawn in by the title phrase, becuz it suggests the way we often have subconscious names that we think of, when dealing with other people . . . maybe the name we have secretly in mind helps shape the relationship becuz we act out our expectations. Here's hoping your 2019 is starting out with a big splash of JOY! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


Sami Khalil

2 Years Ago

Wow! Your understanding is marvelous. It is little mysterious nuanced as you rightly say. Thank you .. read more

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Added on December 16, 2018
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