Betrayed By Love - Poem by Daleen Enslinstrydom
Where the southeaster blows sand
from the beach against the house,
it's as if it blows all the sadness
of yesterday along with it.
She gazes through the window,
like a statue dressed in red
while the morning breaks
and daylight turns to orange-red
her face is etched with pain,
her soft red lips are hardened and pulled down.
"What does it help to still ponder
when everything is lost, " she reprimands herself.
Her hands tremble as the fingers
with the beautiful red manicured nails
draw away the curtain as if to air her heart.
Tears stream unhindered over her cheeks.
Where did everything go?
Her mind slips between reality and a dream.
She lifts her hand and its cold outside
as in her heart.
Poppy blossoms are blowing in the wind
and they land on the sand,
like droplets of blood.
Her face is colourless and pale,
her eyes icy-blue and cold
and she stares at a seagull fighting against the wind.
"Take me with you, " she mumbles.
"Take me with to dreams and dreamland."
A gunshot like a clap of thunder sounds up
as if it was pain itself, sombre and sorrow all in one.
While the southeaster is still blowing
the carpet stains poppy-red
like the blossoms on the sand
and in her hand there is a scarlet stained letter.
With red wide opened eyes
the seagull touches down on the shore,
bewildered by the sound,
as if he was the only witness.
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