The Reckless Perch

The Reckless Perch

A Poem by Sami Khalil
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Giant delusions, shattered illusions.

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The Reckless Perch      by Sami Khalil


(Giant delusions, shattered illusions)


Unknowingly, I wrapped my feelings in isolation, in anticipation, in surreal trepidation.


Through the eye of the needle, through riotous upheaval, I stitched my wayward thoughts, my nimble spectrums, my oversized storms. My bed felt sandy, nonchalantly sinking in confined spaces, puzzling daily the sun’s reflective glow. I waved frantically at the parade, as seen clearly, standing idly below my vantage point, my reckless perch, waiting for marching orders.

Streets were hushed, breathing fleeting moments. Faces had yet to settle into the marching mode, lulling their false sense of security.


I ordered: “March on, march!”, to no avail. My throat felt dry, myself disquieted. Don’t they know that I’m in charge here? Can’t they fathom who holds the power? Flailing my staff in the air, I came down with a vengeance, thrashing the populace across their heads with pinprick accuracy, smashing them like false idols.

I set off a ticking bomb of rage, a minefield of acrid burnings; prodigious happenings under the soles of their feet. After finishing the strikes, the scene looked like a sad tableau that belie all norms. I called upon the vultures to feast upon this licentious, quixotic undertaking.


My long shadow stretched before the world smiling with mischievous grins. I’m the giant, the ruler, half-consumed with power, half by false heaps of self, compensating for lesser things.

None can deter me now but begrudge what great tragedy had befallen.


“Behave or face the grave. Pay tribute or become mute. Either obey willingly or heftily pay.”

As I woke up, the room was suffused with pearlescent, robbed memories. I felt under deep, pellucid waters, lost to myself. I was the catch of the day.  A big fish in a small pond. No savage regrets, no gentle raging, no primal peace but the dread of the inevitable.



{Still I foresee, how things can be, how moments flee.

How the bearer of the sun can come undone.

How those whose hands are drenched in blood, will face the flood, the rage, the mud.

Still I foresee, that everything must have a collision course.

Nevertheless, deal neither by evil ways nor by cold hearts for trembled lips need reform, shaping their ravaging storm.}   

 

© 2020 Sami Khalil


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Dear Sami. I don't pretend to know a great deal about politics in the USA, but I found myself thinking of Mr Trump as I navigated your lines, particularly when I read the quote in your fifth stanza. After forming my own thoughts, I checked out BG's and saw that she had come to the same conclusion. Those who have power don't necessarily command respect. You can order all you like, but it doesn't mean to say others will follow. All good wishes.

Chris

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

Hehehe. His supporters think he is the greatest. News media love that. He is helping their ratings. .. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

:))........
Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

::::::)))))
I began reading this, thinking how much more your expressions are felt in the physical realm (as compared to the one of yours I just reviewed that felt cerebral to me). I was admiring this & how you express everything so poignantly & creatively. But then I progressed in my reading & started to get an inkling that this could be about Trump on his reckless perch. How can one not read that into this? I wonder. While the middle 3 stanzas seem to be as if we are hearing the inner dialogue of Trump (or other feckless leader) . . . the final stanza seems to be as if we're hearing the totality of existence speaking . . . some other outer observer, wise beyond the immediate players depicted prior. This is an excellent depiction of how some people erroneously assume "power" means people will obey or follow (or whatever is commanded), but you make us feel the floundering hollowness of being a leader who most rational people will never obey. Very thought-provoking (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

3 Weeks Ago

Hi Margie. You got a great understanding of power play in relationships. You are right on the money... read more
Your writing never ceases to amaze me. This is so relevant and thought-provoking. Simply amazing!

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


Sami Khalil

4 Weeks Ago

Hi Sonnie. Many thank yous for the lovely visit and sharing. Take care.
hauntingly, profound...you exhibit such a distinctive gifted quill...
that always bleeds, weaves exquisite poetic artistry.
every word in every verse, just mesmerizes, that i cannot
even coherently fathom correct words to describe how wonderful this gem
is. other then...once again i’m not surprised that i’m left in complete awe.

and i thank you for sharing your immense talent with us.
i look forward to becoming lost in your art again soon ~ :)

Posted 1 Month Ago


ms. barrie

1 Month Ago

129,39372x smiles back
ms. barrie

1 Month Ago

and all my gratitude for showing an interest (pocketing) “metanoia” … i’m truly appreciative.. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

You are surely welcome. Have a great one...
Sami, your post is written by someone with inherently natural sensitivity and a special way of laying words in such a way the reader is beckoned into thinking. You weigh as many facets of the core of whatever and finally point the way to your opinions yet never in an adamant way. I find the following an ambush I've recognised for a while and from a few quarters.

'My long shadow stretched before the world smiling with mischievous grins. I’m the giant, the ruler, half-consumed with power, half by false heaps of self, compensating for lesser things.

None can deter me now but begrudge what great tragedy had befallen.'

TIME HAS arrived for a damned less hot air and stupidity to be wiped off the face of the earth to allow diplomacy, considered wisdom and quiet but quick plans made to protect those who might - in due and safer times, return to paying out to support those ethical who are giving and sharing at such a wretched time.. not for profits but for human decency, plus, the reality in One for All or we ALL fall.

Thank you for nudging me into yet more determination to express self.. just wish i could be the writer you are.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

:::::::))))))))).........
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

shhhhhhhhh :)
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hehehe......
whew! blistering commentary .. you must live in Michigan ;))))))))))))))))))))))))) or NY ... some governors have run amuk .. waaaaaaaay overstepped ..most people have enough sense to open up with reasonable safety ... we are going to still get sick .. this one has struck such a blow ... overnight it seems ... taking down societies worldwide .. freedoms be damned it seems ... a very real struggle now to recover ... me thinks a lot of novels will use these times in various fictions ... and Armageddons ..sobering how easily we have lost so much ... rebellion now the balance keeping things form becoming dictatorial ...
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hi Eisntein Noodle. You are so right sir. We have to open up the economy for survival or have 2 doub.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

:) and thank you for your statement sir! these are and have been troubling times for decades ... thi.. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hehehe. You are right sir Einstein Noodle. And you are warmly welcome ...
dear Sami... this sequestering has brought us to our knees... it is a
miracle that we have not been subjected to the Virus... knowing that every step we take may be our last. It is a waiting game... to what end. I have had a full life, but younger ones have not. It is a reckoning of eternal decisions.
"Bless be the "tie" that binds... our hearts in kindred Spirits." ... a song
sung so many times in church... but this is different. Reverence is where you are when you smile at your neighbor or a passerby. truly, Pat

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Whoa! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and prayers with us through thick and thin. Hope springs e.. read more
Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

I think of the music in the Movie “Sandpiper”... “the shadow of your smile when you are gone... read more
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

::::::::::::)))))))))))).........
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Pax
Unknowingly, I wrapped my feelings in isolation, in anticipation, in surreal trepidation

- i just have to quote that, on which i knew the feeling so well, aren't all we like that, or it's just some of us poets do. U do write deeper in many words i never knew i could encounter, because its your very edge on how you write, brother, keep it up....

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

2 sir Pax. Gracie millee....
Pax

1 Month Ago

Then you are amazing, with your vocabulary, i speak 3 yet i still gwt confused on many words and my .. read more
Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

You too brother. I try, I try. Bless you.
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Rye
the imagery in this write is powerful, very well written.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hi Rye. May you accept my sincere thanks to you and your lovely visit. Good to see you.
Beautiful piece, Sami, and very fitting for the times we are living in. I love the haunting imagery of this poem, especially the last few lines.

-Derekv

Posted 1 Month Ago


Sami Khalil

1 Month Ago

Hi DerekV. What a nice day to see you visit and share. Have not seen you in a while. Pleasure indeed.. read more

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