Holding Hands

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                                            Karak Jordan 2007

In my sleep last night
that dream appeared again;
I had to make a choice
and I chose you.

I always seem to choose the memory
instead of the reality,
I wonder if you were alive,
if you would too?

I know a memory will not fulfill
nor will it disappoint,
a memory is safe enough
at least while I’m asleep.

And we held hands again,
I saw us from above and from behind
holding hands, as if time stopped
and you had never died.

People really seemed surprised,
to see us promenading in the street,
with fingers entwined so gracefully,
our veils hiding our twinkling smiles.

Karima Hoisan
June 1, 2021
Costa Rica

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34 Responses to Holding Hands

  1. Choosing memory over reality, yet sometimes memories are very real. Gorgeous write Karima,

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  2. daleinnis says:

    The lovely things you pull from your dreams! Thank you. 🙂

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  3. Ace says:

    Karima this is just amazing! I definitely relate and the emotion you described was just palpable! You’re such an elegant and graceful writer. I absolutely love this piece, thank you so much for sharing 🙏🏻🖤🤗

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    • Thank you Ace, and how lovely you could relate!! Thank for saying that you find my poetry “elegant and graceful!!” Those are wonderful words, and hearing them has made me smile with much appreciation and gratitude, for your taking the time to read my poem, and leave me, such an inspiring comment. Shokran habeebity!❤️🤗🙏

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  4. Poignant and beautifully written ❤️

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  5. Thank you so much for leaving your comment.. It inspires me to know you loved this poem:)

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  6. So much beauty to this piece. You handle the topics with so much delicate care! Love the image of the ending: “to see us promenading in the street, / with fingers entwined so gracefully, / our veils hiding our twinkling smiles.” Wonderful touches throughout!

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    • Hello Benjamin,:) thank you so much for these comments…I love that you used the expression, “delicate care” because it did feel that way…This person has been a muse for me for years…alive and even after death (she died in 2012) she was one of the most singular relationships I have ever had…romantic and yet platonic, full of feelings and emotions, full of love for so many years.. I am happy to say.//that after quite a while…she came to haunt me again last night…and I was so grateful..that this poem just slipped out in the morning:)

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      • It is such a wonderful piece, Karima. Romantic and platonic; I fully understand this sentiment. It’s such a meaningful relationship to come across. I’m glad you had this in your life and now even in your dreams. Hold onto these moments. And thanks for sharing your heart! Stay safe!

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    • Thank you Benjamin for your sensitive, romantic poetic soul:) Thank you for sharing with me so deeply..🤗

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  7. Jeff Flesch says:

    Simply beautiful, Karima. The dream and reality in a dance of love. Powerful. ❤️🤗🙏✨

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  8. Thank you Jeff, I love your line,”The dream and reality in a dance of love.” Yes:)It was a subtle but amazing dream:)❤️🤗

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  9. KK says:

    Wow! Great imagery! A beautifully crafted poem!! Well done.

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  10. Hoyt says:

    “A memory will not fulfill, nor will it disappoint.” Magic! Who else could conjure up a line like this? She’s looking down on you Ruca, and her veil is still hiding her twinkling smile.

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    • Ahhh Hoyt…you know the whole story, backwards and forwards… This dream really surprised me, as it has been a long time since I had the pleasure:):) Thank you for your genuine appreciation of this poem….and me:)

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  11. I really like this little out of a dream poem.
    And I love that she is still with you.

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  12. Aww thanks Nat…and good to see you visited:) Yes this was really from a dream, and seems to be the way she makes sure I never forget her? I mean…how could I?..She was a saga more than just a memory:)

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  13. Samreen Asad says:

    Such a wonderful write habeebity, beautiful ❤️ Dreams gives us soo much that in reality we can never ever imagine achieving it. We roam around, laugh whole heartedly, have fun and you open your eyes to realise that person is no more, dreams sure gives us this opportunity to be with them. Your love for her is so surreal ❤️🤗❤️

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    • Habeebity, what a beautiful inspiring comment you left me:):) Oh yes dreams are amazing, and it’s interesting, as you say, at the time, I just accept this is all happening, holding hands, walking together again through the streets of Karak…my mind never questions it…until I wake up:) That’s the perfect adjective for us, from beginning to end…surreal..and if I could live it over again and again, even with our tragic ending..I would do it..in a heartbeat… Big hugs UmAnzar and thank you for really understanding where this poem comes from 🤗❤️🤗. You are a treasure!

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  14. I enjoyed the depth of this poem, beautiful & thanks for sharing!

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  15. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving this lovely comment about my poem, “Holding Hands”

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  16. This was a beautiful poem, and I really like your writing style. Sometimes the only way people feel like they can live with grief is by surviving off memories or being in denial. I love how this poem beautifully demonstrated this with cleverly written words. You are a very talented poet!

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    • I really appreciate your comment and the understanding you show about handling grief…Even”old grief” can hang on for a long time. Thank you so much too for complementing me on my style… I am honored you think so!🙏❤️🌟🌹

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  17. Diana says:

    I love how you go back to memories and bring them to life once again. You do it with such ease and grace, it is just remarkable! Love this one, Habibti. You are a gifted soul. Stay blessed, dear and keep writing your beautiful words ❤️❤️🤗💐🌹

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    • You know what is interesting Diana, this going back to my memories, happens unconsciously, in sleep. I mean I could go there, why not? but in sleep I guess I must feel safer for these memories to come forward and I am very moved by them like “Surprise!” and I am also moved to turn them into poetry..They take on a life again “all on their own” At least it seems that way. Dreaming about them is much more impactful..and many of these dreams have triggered my poetry. All of it always, somehow, feels out of my control:):) Just like writing does for me:) Thank you for this great comment habeebity❤️🌺🌈🤗🌟🌼

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