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Waves to Dust


My body lays placid, listless and ashen, in the wide hollow of my ephemeral shelter. I breathe through a draft of saline cadence, with life a faint flutter, in the irises of my eyes. My skin feels numb against the comfort of the berth, bearing the pelt of each filament of satin, woven through the sheets that swaddle my soul.

My heart solemnly pledges to the revelation of grief, that softens the crisp sphere of the melancholic moon, into a haze of pearl kissed swirls. I surrender to the cavernous darkness of the night, as my heart is set ashore… unanchored from all it had known.

It was always your existence, my faltering soul sought refuge in. The voyages in your eyes that scaffolded my vision. The verses you read, had lent words to my ideation. And now I am sans a refuge, a voice, and a vision.

They say you are martyred and braved at battle. The claret of your wounds permeated a land fallow, to sow seeds of fortitude in the womb of the earth. The saga of your valor will leave trails in history. An era has ended; and a world is reborn.

They lay you to rest in the depths of the earth. As the dust contours to your gallant silhouette, it coalesces with your form, grain by grain… to eternalize your ardor and your essence. You merge into an element of the absolving world.


They lay me in a vessel to part from you, and render my soul to oceanic solitude. As I drift from the earth, ripple by ripple… my shadow hopelessly retorts to the edge of the earth. To find you once again in the confines of this world.

I feebly touch the verge of my raft, my fingertips tracing the veins and grains of storm fondled wood. I feel the gust of salt scented wind, capering with the raven tresses of my hair. The stirring of the waves in conformed locomotion, travelling to meet the meridian of the ocean. Amid the gale of a moonlit moment, I let go of the world to confront the ocean.

Through the elements of the world... I will meet you again.


manatita44 from london on December 23, 2019:

Merry Christmas, my Friend!!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 03, 2019:

This is sad and bittersweet, yet very beautiful! Your choice of words is remarkable. You are a poet, and I love reading your work.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 02, 2019:

It's nice to see you posting .. and I've always enjoyed reading your stuff.. thank you

Sara Sarwar Riaz (author) from Michigan, USA on December 01, 2019:

Bill- Thank you for the appreciation. Your valuable input has always meant a lot !

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 01, 2019:

This is brilliant writing.To say more would be to devalue it...brilliant!

Sara Sarwar Riaz (author) from Michigan, USA on November 30, 2019:

Chris Mills- Thank you for stopping by and leaving those words of appreciation.

I moved to the US in 2008, and have been residing in Michigan since then. I love Traverse city and the areas surrounding it. Stunning during the times of fall and spring especially.

Sara Sarwar Riaz (author) from Michigan, USA on November 29, 2019:

Manatita- Thank you for your kind words. It feels like I never left :) nice to hear from you as always.

manatita44 from london on November 29, 2019:

Totally awesome! A masterpiece. So happy to have you back! Lots of Love.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 28, 2019:

Sara, Your poetic prose has always left me with a softened heart and something to contemplate. These are words of sadness and of hope.

By the way, I don't recall seeing before that you are from Michigan. Maybe I just forgot. My home, though I am rarely there because of work, is in Leelanau County near Traverse City.

Sara Sarwar Riaz (author) from Michigan, USA on November 28, 2019:

Lorna Lamon- Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate your kind words.

Sara Sarwar Riaz (author) from Michigan, USA on November 28, 2019:

John Hansen- Thank you for the appreciation, as always. I am glad to be back, and hopefully this time for good :)

Lorna Lamon on November 28, 2019:

A wonderful tapestry of words creating a very stark image. Beautiful.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2019:

Good to see you posting here again Sara. Your descriptive imagery is unmatched. Quite a powerful piece of writing.

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