Large Love #poetry and prose

art by Anita Zotkina

Dawn rises and yawns with lingering memories of dusk. It dallies upon horizons, enchanted by the twilit union of night and day. It savours this forbidden moment of reckless love. A moment worth everything, and more.
I too, cling to the secret thoughts beneath my clouded sheets. For today, the wind changes:

September
the Monsoons return
love’s reply

Upon the endless ocean, winds be trapped by giant waves, winds be dragged to chartless depths, winds be weighed by deep despair. But the monsoon is a wind of hope. It carries dreams, and brings back love.

Nile-water lillies
whence come your sea-reef favours
with ocean blessings
lest from lost aquatic kiss
blown across the maritime

I wake this morning with a most unreasonable desire; to love a LARGE Love, an encompassing love.
I wake upon this thresh of September with a most devastating hope; to feel again your touch, to listen to your whisper, to kiss beneath the ocean, and embrace across it all.
I wake as Africa; and write you, dear Asia;

Upon returning monsoons,
through warm reefs and antarctic chills,
this love comes back to you.

art by mojgan abolhassani

©judeitakali


I was in such a mood this morning, why can’t the world be more inclusive?

Anyway, I thought I’d take an hour off to write this romance-in-nature poem and calm down. I feel much better. I hope you enjoy this.

I’m not sure about the first haiku, but since there’s a tanka, I think I’m safe with calling this a tankaprose poem for Colleen’s #tankatuesday. I couldn’t share my day today coz that’ll be all about revision and economics and exams, so I shared about my other day in my mind (yeah I often live between realms, lol).

Reena’s #RXC gave us a quote to use as inspiration: “It came from somewhere too far to walk, from as far away as the most unreasonable desire, the most devastating hope.” by Sharmishtha Mohanty in Thirty two nights and dawns.

Stay safe everyone, stay loving.

49 responses to “Large Love #poetry and prose”

  1. “Wow Africa, I never thought you would love Asia so much.” Both continents are very close to the Arabian Sea…. Something emotional and so creative, Jude .

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    1. Thank you, Jane. The monsoons change direction in September and begin blowing back from East Africa. They literally carry wet seasons between the continents and that gave me the idea of love messages.
      I could have gone with the middle East or across the mediterranean, or even across the Atlantic but since E.Africa is home, I’ll use the other directions next time.

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      1. Welcome, Jude! Next time again the same poem based on the other direction…….Just kidding you, lol😃

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        1. Ooh you can bet queen sheba and the hanging gardens of babylon come to mind. Or osiris leaving egypt to become a greek god, or those sold as slaves to the new world… but not anytime soon.🙏🏾

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          1. It felt so good. Looking forward to your poem, Jude 💖

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  2. Winds be trapped by giant waves
    Winds be dragged to chartless depths
    Winds be weighed by deep despair

    You make something as light as wind so heavy with meaning. We are preparing to bid goodbye to the monsoon here.

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    1. Thank you, Reena. I have to confirm, most-likely they are coming back here instead of leaving coz the rains have started here.

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  3. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Large love ….Jude Itakali writes an ode to September.

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  4. Love this beautiful and intense poem Jude. Good to see you back.

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    1. Thank you, Sadje. I’m not back as such, I’m just around. In between sessions. Since I’m not working in this time, I can fleet here more than I thought.

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  5. Ethereal and transportive. Beautiful words for a morning read. Thank you! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you appreciate it. I loved writing it.

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  6. Romance in nature is always in my ball park. I’m so glad that you’ve turned how you feel into poetry. Stunning words my friend, relatable ones at that!

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    1. Yeah, definitely your ball park. I’m glad you appreciate this, LaShelle.

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  7. Such beautiful yearnings, Jude, and yes, the question, always is “why?”. (K)

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    1. Thank you so much, K.

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  8. Wow! Beautiful piece, Jude. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Aishwarya.😇

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  9. The yearnings of love know no bounds. Lovely work, Jude. 💜

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    1. thank you, Colleen🤎

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  10. So beautifully written Jude, it is always so much fun reading your words.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation, Daph.

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      1. You’re most welcome, Jude!

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  11. Art work and verse are wonderous 💜

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed. The artwork is amazing.

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      1. Yes indeed and your writing too

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  12. As always, such beautiful poetry, Jude.

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    1. Thank you, Michaela. may people never tire of it.

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  13. Beauty and love saturate your verse, Jude! This is a lovely and heartfelt piece and deserves a huge Bravo!

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    1. Thank you so much, Eugi. Means a lot.

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      1. My pleasure, Jude!

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  14. Powerful with great imagery! Love it, Jude❣️

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    1. Thank you so much, Vashti.💖

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      1. You’re welcome❣️

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  15. Lovely, Jude, and your images heighten your poems’ impact. ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, Gwen🙏🏾🤍☘

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  16. *sigh* I also wish the world were more inclusive, Jude… I’m so with you…

    ~David

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    1. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🕯🕯

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  17. Reblogged this on Kreamy O' Cheddar and commented:
    Romance-in-nature at its rhetoric best! Thank you for sharing this Jude!

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    1. Thanks for appreciating.

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