Take Flight in Dazzled Air!

Farida Haque
3 min readDec 17, 2022

~ my evensong ~

“Apollo’s Chariot” by Odilon Redon


I admit

I have been a coward;

I surrendered

When was it that I allowed

Wonder to hibernate?

Dance to flee?

Embarrassed arabesques tiptoed away…

Perched on a pink cloud

amorous once,

Song eyes me still, reproachfully


Agree or not

Healing is a pretty lie.

Losses and wrongs

those allocations of pain,

mortifications of self-harm

jabs and stabs

weaponised words,

cannot scab.

They fester —

they fester a little

or fester a lot.

But they fester.

Swaddle and coddle,

salve or soak,

these living signatures of loss and grief?

They breathe, mark us

surely as a chrome flash,

a milky feather

or a melancholic cloud

sit inside a gem like a signature

They become our fingerprints

only relinquished to last breaths.

The world takes and takes…

visions grow dim.

We forget that

once upon a time

stars pricked our eyes,

decanted believable dreams…

Each one of us

hides a private armory.

We punish ourselves

for trespasses of others,

grief visits and revisits

becomes a bird of prey

rips and claws, carves flesh anew.

We are Prometheus.

Who sleeps an easy sleep

Farida Haque

Multimedia artist, writer, poet. ‘Celebrating other lives, I am a sparrow in the shadow of a rosebush...’ faridahaque@gmail.com