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Castle on a Cloud

April 3, 2018

Hands

softer than butterflies, and yet

strong; gentle enough

to brush the dust and ashes

from crumbling candles and crowns.

Castle walls are not as strong as I thought.

 

Soot

blacker than the night sky, smelling of

engine exhaust and cigarettes, my eyes burning

with tears.

Is it just me,

or does the white, burnt wood

make the air seem colder?

 

Smoke

laces the fabric of our clothing, into every

seam and rip that escapes our eyes;

weaving through hair and layers

of skin. Thin flags

hang loosely in the dirt.

 

Flames

that were once there

were kindled with a flickering hope

that nothing else could match.

For a long time we forgot

how to fall.

What made us remember?

 

Clouds

of smoke and sorrow

settle in my view, but they do not

blur it. There is only

a fluttering candle, but among

the clouds I can still see

castles.

 

Memory

is triggered by scent, and I welcome it.

When I smell the cracking cedar,

I will remember

our determination to rebuild,

restore,

and renew.

A new fire calls us.

 

Roads

behind, the world ahead.

But no matter how far we travel,

we will carry this kingly scent of smoke—

a constant reminder of what has been

and what we will take with us.

 

Castles

will be built from these ashes,

stronger and firmer than before.

We will take the charred concrete of what used to be,

and ignite a new ember

with old matches.

After all, they never lost their spark.

 

24 Comments

  1. Mariposa Aristeo

    Oh, Cindy!!! This. Is. PERFECT! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I cannot express how much I adore this masterpiece! Awesome submissions like yours are what make me enjoy making the post graphics so much. 🙂

    Oh, and did I mention how glad I am that you’re writing for SE? 🤗

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      Aww, Mariposa, I’m so excited to be working with you here! You’re a sweetheart and I love your art so much. This is going to be amazing ❤

  2. Brianna Storm Hilvety

    When I asked if you could write a poem about embers, I knew the results would be beautiful, but you still exceeded my expectations. 🙂

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      I’m so glad you like it 🙂 And I’m so glad to be here with you! ❤

    • Cindy Green

      Christiiiii ❤

  3. Elizabeth

    So stinkin’ good. You’re incredible, Cindy!

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      Aww, thank you, Elizabeth 🙂

  4. Sierra Stevenson

    I love this (and your new bio!) so ridiculously much.

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      *whispers* and I love you

      *bows* Many cookies were consumed in the making of that bio. 😀

  5. Savannah Grace

    This is gorgeous, Cindy – you really are a master when it comes to poetry. <3 <3

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      That is high praise, Savannah, and I am not worthy — but I’m touched all the same. 🙂

  6. Corissa, Maiden of Praise

    *contented sigh* Beautiful. Unreservedly, picture perfect beautiful. Thank you for that brief, beautiful, poignant journey.

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      *sniff* This is the most beautiful comment. ❤

  7. Sarah Spradlin

    *waves hand fanatically* LOOK! It’s my favorite poet!! Writing awesome poetry as always, Cindy, I really loved this one and all the meaning that you packed into it’s stanzas. 😉 The metaphors are strong with this one, and I love it!

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      SARAH! *hugs you* I’ve missed you! These are meaningful words coming from my own favourite poet. I don’t know how to say thank you for this one ❤

  8. Maya Wylie

    CINDY!! This is breathtaking <3 I'm so proud of you. 🙂

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      *grins* This was the only poem I didn’t show you beforehand. Your reaction satisfies me deeply 😀

      But thank you, love. This makes me so happy. ❤

  9. Reba Cray

    That was really, really beautiful Cindy. You seem like a very talented writer.
    Good job friend👍☺
    -Reba

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      Thank you, friend! It’s great to have you here 🙂

  10. Katherine Forster

    This is so beautiful! I love the imagery and how it all ties together at the end. The interweaving of flame and smoke and ash and castles and hope is breathtaking. So glad I found this!

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      Hope — a theme I love to weave into my poetry. Thank you so much, Katherine! 🙂

  11. Coralie

    Wow, that was absolutely breathtaking. Astounding! First of all, I really enjoyed the form of the poem. It lent to the mood and made me smile right off the bat. Secondly, oh my goodness! You wrote this with such vivid imagery!! I loved the small segments that all strung together. Each stanza packed a full punch. I am very interested to read more by you!

    Reply
    • Cindy Green

      This was such amazing encouragement from a poetic mind! It’s always lovely to hear thoughts on form, imagery, etc. Thank you!

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