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a plea & a surrender
I now live in congestion,
In darkness: four walls enclose me.
Look up to the stars, hear me scream my confession, feel
The heat of its dampened rage, see it yearn to be free.
Do I rattle your dreams? Does my anger scare you?
They slammed your Sun against slabs of iron,
They bled her and beat her – can you not feel her leeching hue?
Can you not hear her hammering fists as they stamp out the embers of her fire?
I have one window, above head. It taunts me;
Between life and death, the flickering road to safety.
Safety? Pah. They’ve forsaken me, and him in whose hands
Lay my heart, him with blazon wings – his throat smiles bright red.
They suffocate me between four cold walls,
So far am I from
The sun-soaked soil of my country beloved,
Its fruit and flowers and frailty.
I know better than to give in to the flutterings of my heart
When it hears guards whispering beyond by new abode,
Whispering of rebels and fire and fight –
No, I want to know nothing at all.
It is nothingness I crave,
The precarious peak between today and tomorrow.
I will stare at the lonely crescent out my single window,
I will contend in the stars’ sorrow.
For one of their sisters has been locking in the dark,
Never again to bask in light.
I silence my aching heart –
This new place leaves no room for me to ignite.