Sunday, April 4, 2010

#4 She Moves In Mysterious Ways

NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. This is my attempt at 30 poems in 30 days.

Culture is a thief and a prince,despised for his crimes, yet adored for his rugged charm
His silhouette, strong in the dawn of a new day, adds to the mystery, and they worship him
Revolution is an elegant dancer, always with an open invitation to join her delicate dance of time
to move in step to the rhythms of change

She is shunned, maybe even feared
In the proud world of their shallow minds, their envy turns to hate
They ridicule the story she longs to tell
Her movements restricted because she is bound
And she is battered by the fists of their stares
Bruised by heavy criticism, thrown like stones

He watches from beyond the crowd
wanting to come to her aid
but their desperate hands keep him away
their frantic cries prevent him from being heard

Let us handle this, let us defend your honor
We serve you and love you
We will discipline her and teach her some respect
This is how it is supposed to be

He shakes his head,
His eyes dark, hard to make out
This is not what I wanted
This is not how it is supposed to be

She is hard to look at now, a bundle of shame
Just a glimpse, a glistening of tears
a glance which looks a lot like forgiveness.
Tomorrow she will nurse these wounds
She will bind them up, put on a smile
and she will dance as if pain was never felt

- Daryl Goh

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