sunrise reveries

Hello, my friends!

I remember when first drafting this poem, I was stuck on the fourth stanza… how to resolve it? A happy or a sad ending?

After running the options by my wife… she voted for sad. “You love sad,” she noted.

I do indeed.

But the sadder/darker part was to then connect the first and fourth stanzas with the images of Shakespeare’s tragic, doomed heroine, Juliet.

For lit nerds like me, I’m sure you’ll recall the horrifying final scene of Romeo & Juliet when Juliet wakes from her feigned death to find Romeo dead by suicide next to her.

She then stabs herself in the chest with Romeo’s dagger, saying…

O happy dagger!
This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die.

So, from a creative and poetic perspective, it was rewarding to “close the loop” in this poem through that literary allusion… albeit ever so sad.

When finished, this poem packed some emotional punch for me as the writer. Even when I create them, tragic endings always break my heart (in the best way).

Hope you enjoy this poem. I’d love to hear from you how you felt about it in the Comments Section below…

-PS Conway ☘️ ☘️ ☘️

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sunrise reveries

i gaze upon your silhouette, breathless

on that hotel balcony o’er the sea,

a revenant, a shadowed Juliet,

stark against the sprawl of dawn’s firmament

oh, to be beheld, sacred and adored

like that sunrise, reflected in your eyes

where pastel fires smoldered, e’er in accord

with your soft breaths, purrful and prurient

oh, to be those tender beams of daylight,

exploring your form with a warm sublime

caress, the yearn of such stardust, etching

your imprint on tremulous sheets of time

i wake to the ache of a gray passing cloud

each dappled beam, an un-happy dagger

unsheathed to slice these sunrise reveries,

the reality of a loss so deep

a fair silhouette caught in my dreams

6 comments

  1. I love tremulous sheets of time. This harkens back to a time when they had a steamy romance. Maybe she left him. Maybe she died. And yes, you nailed the sadness Pat.

    1. Love this comment, Naomi! New quip? Sadness makes the heart grow fonder… hmmmm…. Maybe not. Thanks, my friend. 🤘🏻🍷🤘🏻✨🌹

  2. Oh, such an emotional poem, and yes, you nailed the sad ending! Lots of lines that connected with me emotionally: “reflected in your eyes…purrful and prurient,” and “I wake to the ache of a gray passing cloud…caught in my dreams.” All of those lines were especially powerful.

    1. So glad it worked for you, PS! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I love hearing when specific lines particularly resonate. Cheers, my friend. 🌹🍷🙏🏻✨🤘🏻

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