On the edge of darkness #writephoto

On the edge of darkness
The ripples of disillusionment spread amok
And drops of fear echo menacingly in the rivers of hope
A rot festers on the banks of virtue
And morals are corrupted
Failure taints desire
Love becomes obsession
Regret hammers joy on an anvil of expectation
And heartbreak spawns shattered dreams beneath still waters!

As the storm clouds gather
You absorb the last light of memory
And store it like a battery
For you have seen dark days
Witnessed many succumb to dismay
And scraped through by the skin of your teeth
But the storm is coming
And its plagues are brewing

So you prepare
Spray that special cologne
Doll up to your finest
Ready to defy the darkness with beauty,
Or embrace it with seduction
For the light is gone
There is no weapon to wield
And all you can do is numb your senses
While draining that reservoir of memory
Alone
Waiting for hope!

Reena’s exploration challenge

Β© judeitakali


I hope you can read deeply into this.I layered almost each line and would very much like to know your thoughts.
I’m grateful for the wonderful photo prompts from Caley/Sadje and Reena
They helped me shape my thoughts into poetry.

It’s a terrible fate for suffering and loss to become the norm. There are people who have lived through pain their entire lives, while many have now tasted its bitterness during the pandemic. Where we can give hope, may we give it; through action; and through words.

On a different note, don’t forget that my book is available for a preorder discount price on Amazon here;
CROSSROADS (Winds of love)

To read a first review of the book I reposted yesterday, click HERE

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

61 Comments Add yours

  1. michnavs says:

    this is indeed something that triggered my imagination and creative thoughts Jude…

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Michelle ❀️. I’m glad it did.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Sadje says:

    Very thought provoking poem Jude. I was very moved by your poem.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje. I’m glad you liked it.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

  3. kittysverses says:

    Hope is a beautiful gift that one can give oneself. Nice one, Jude. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kitty. Sometimes hope must be shared in order for something to happen. Share it to grow it. πŸ˜ƒ

      Liked by 2 people

      1. kittysverses says:

        Yes indeed. You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Aparna says:

    This awesome poem can bring the light to the darkness πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you appreciate it Aparna. Thank you so much.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. LaDonna Remy says:

    Beautiful writing. Living in this time, numbing and giving in would be a way to cope. it is harder but necessary to hold hope. I appreciate your thought provoking work.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much LaDonna. Sometimes we do need a little help finding hope.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. LaDonna Remy says:

        ❀❀

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Another terrific poem, Jude. Keep them coming.

    Liked by 5 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Roberta. ❀️

      Liked by 1 person

  7. This is such a deep message…right now on the brink of darkness here, all we are doing is clinging on to that ray of hope.
    Stay safe Jude and beautiful writing as always.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Radhika. It came to mind when I was writing.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. vaniheart says:

    This is so beautiful ❀❀❀ Hope is what keeps us going

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Vani. ❀️

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Dora says:

    “Waiting for hope” about sums it up, Jude. There’s so much of that during this pandemic.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Dora❀️ very much so.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Reena Saxena says:

    You are right about the layers in the poem. Discreet, telling a story but with no surprise at the end πŸ˜ƒ I expected one.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Reena. I was going to add one but the dark times are not yet over.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Reena Saxena says:

        Hmmm… you are right about that.

        Liked by 2 people

  11. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:

    On the edge of darkness ….. By judeitakali

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Ingrid says:

    You crossed some dark territory here Jude! I was actually trying to play back each stanza in reverse as I read, to see if the bad things could be erased and there is still cause for hope!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      It does feel like that sometimes for many people. But you’re right, there is always hope. But sometimes it has to be given to those suffering.

      Liked by 2 people

  13. SRIKANTH says:

    Wonderful poem Jude ! Very thought provoking πŸ‘πŸ€

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Srikanth. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 2 people

  14. A beautiful poem! Thought provoking and emotion drawing.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you very kindly for your appreciation.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Jaya Avendel says:

    I deeply enjoy the intricate thoughts that arise from an intriguing photo, and your narrative here is both faceted and blooming!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jaya. πŸ™πŸΎπŸ

      Liked by 2 people

  16. You seem to speak for the whole world, Jude. The world that will continue to look for hope, knowing it must be here somewhere…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jaye. πŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Thank you for such a remarkable poem!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        β€οΈπŸ˜‡

        Like

  17. Chris Hall says:

    You’ve used such splendid imagery to convey how so many of us have felt for so long. Kudos, Jude!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Chris. I’m glad you appreciate this. πŸ™πŸΎ

      Liked by 2 people

  18. memadtwo says:

    Hope is something we can all freely give to those in need. Your imagery is vivid and full of emotion. (K)

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much K. ❀️

      Liked by 2 people

  19. Diana says:

    You were right, this IS a sister poem to yours! So beautiful and very true. Hope is what will always keep us going, no matter what. Stay blessed, brother β˜ΊοΈβ€οΈπŸ™πŸŒ»

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, thank you so much Diana. 🌷

      Liked by 2 people

  20. JoAnn says:

    Lovely. Defying darkness with beauty is essential. It would be a miserable life without that ability!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you JoAnn, you’ve reminded me of an interesting phrase, ‘look good, feel good.’

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  21. judeitakali says:

    Thank you JoAnn, you’ve reminded me of an interesting phrase, ‘look good, feel good.’

    Liked by 1 person

  22. KL Caley says:

    This is so deep and inspiring Jude. I think hope is one of the strongest tools we hold in our arsenal.
    Thank you for joining in the challenge
    https://new2writing.wordpress.com/2021/04/29/writephoto-lake/ KL ❀

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Caley. I’m glad you like it.

      Liked by 2 people

  23. therealme331 says:

    Amazing…love this

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. mariamichaela says:

    Very deep, Jude

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michaela.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mariamichaela says:

        Always a pleasure πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

  25. So many intriguing lines! This part was so strong: “As the storm clouds gather
    You absorb the last light of memory / And store it like a battery / For you have seen dark days”.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you appreciate those. Thank you so much Benjamin.

      Like

      1. Welcome! Keep up the good work. Good luck with everything!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        Thank you so much.

        Like

  26. Kally says:

    This feels exquisite beautiful to read

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so very much. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ§‘

      Liked by 1 person

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