In The Secular Night

In the secular night you wander around
alone in your house. It’s two-thirty.
Everyone has deserted you,
or this is your story;
you remember it from being sixteen,
when the others were out somewhere,
having a good time,
or so you suspected, and you had to baby-sit.
You took a large scoop of vanilla ice-cream
and filled up the glass with grapejuiceand ginger ale,
and put on Glenn Miller
with his big-band sound,
and lit a cigarette and blew the smoke up the chimney,
and cried for a while because you were not dancing,
and then danced, by yourself, your mouth circled with purple.
Now, forty years later, things have changed,
and it’s baby lima beans.
It’s necessary to reserve a secret vice.
This is what comes from forgetting to eat
at the stated mealtimes.
You simmer them carefully,drain, add cream and pepper,
and amble up and down the stairs,
scooping them up with your fingers right out of the bowl,
talking to yourself out loud.
You’d be surprised if you got an answer,
but that part will come later.
There is so much silence between the words,you say.
You say, The sensed absence
of God and the sensed presence
amount to much the same thing,
only in reverse.
You say, I have too much white clothing.
You start to hum.
Several hundred years ago
this could have been mysticism
or heresy.
It isn’t now.
Outside there are sirens.
Someone’s been run over.
The century grinds on.
——-Margaret Atwood—————
Painful. Desolate. Like you don’t matter. High time, face it.
You don’t!

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One thought on “In The Secular Night

  1. dear poet am really impressed : have look at this as poem and complete it: know I am beautiful…I know I am beautiful, `causeMy beauty comes from within.I don't need to dress up to kill;Neither show any of my skin.What is hidden, remains soWhat can't be – remains unseen.I am neither backward nor am ISuppressed- I am immune to fallin'Into acts of human disgrace.What's been labeled freedom-For me it's a step back inTime; women were treatedAs inferior to men and nothin'Has changed for the tainted minds. ComeOn ladies, show your worth, endin'Years of society's desperate attempts.What I said, I stand by it – spreadin'All over the Truth. So, pay an ear toThis, as what's been said is nothin'But the noble Words of your Lord;Covering up is one such thingWe, womenfolk, should follow;It safeguards our honor, keepin'Corrupted ones away. Alhamdulillah –All praise to Allah, The All- KnowingOne; He created us all as oneAnd equal human beings.

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