I never held her head between my hands,I grabbed at mist and caught myself,Heavily falls he who has never had a fall,And I fell harder than a boulder into an ocean.Now, till she comes, loneliness... Poor me, Poor me! from hour to hour The heat of love scorches my heart,But she my mind holds dear … Continue reading To loves never lived– by Issa Dioume
When ones who are close to us leave--The scent of flowers in the wind lessens,The taste of sugar on our tongues softens,The shapes of life on our fingertips turns vague,Sunlight fails to warm our frozen hearts,The rushing waves of our mind crawl over our shores,The love in us dims, We become scared of giving it … Continue reading Lost Ones
Does not every season prove That all leaves hit the ground? Does not every rocket launch show That what goes up must come down?The rope snaps, the pitcher falls,Trees, men -- they rise and decay.Nothing is endless, This is what nature teaches us, Yet, looking at her now, her long hair, her dark eyes-- I … Continue reading Neverending Season
I tried to get the stain of her lipstick out my mind,I failed.I stayed like a cup she had drank out of,I rubbed the rim of me, with a tissue, still the mark rests,deep-crimson.
When first I came across her path,I saw at once the soul o' that gold-haired lassIt was a soul of snow that I saw,And looking too long I grew coldAnd looking too long I grew oldWhen she came to rub against me thoughI could not hold against the falling of the snowMy grounds with all … Continue reading A Soul of Snow
(First voice)Tonight I take the leapI speak the words that creepI touch the withered handAnd say: "have me again, old friend"(Second voice)If you go away as I know you mustThere'll be nothing left in the world but dustand the hallowed wind to play silence's tune On leaves of branches, beneath a dead moonShould you choose … Continue reading Beguiled by Night- poem by Issa Dioume
For my brother
After a war. How can you ever get better? Will the pain ever go away? Can you... heal?
Rewrite What Has Been Written
Her mind is like the sky, limitless Her body is the earth, bound Her smile is like the rain, hitting dry soil Her eyes, two petals aflame Soft and smoothe yet uncontrolably dancing to their own tune, warm to the touch of my hand Yet fragile in my embrace Her whole is asunder, a tree … Continue reading Zephyra [Poem] by Issa Dioume