Cut To Fade

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Cut To Fade

<<*>>

Propping my head in the window,

the afternoon light dips and sways,

my hands caress my prayer scarf,

my chin is tied and trussed;

Now it’s

steady as my gaze.

     A black gauze hood flaps behind me…

I am so tucked away inside 

not even the breeze

can reach in there

and find me,

a prisoner in my 

arid wake-land.

Cut to fade,

End of days.

I’m now the pauper princess

trapped in my second story tower.

I tap the minutes on the sill

the shadows darken on the hour.

The sun escapes in one quick swoop

which brings 

the muezzin’s haunting call

and streaming on my cable connection,

Leonard Cohen groans about his fall. 

I have two good eyes

that can see so far

and have cried a thousand tears,

just a few for me,

but

many more for humanity

over 30 years.

Cut to fade

End of days.

I have my poetic lifeline

tied up tight inside my head

and

I am clinging to

the knotted sheets

of tangled words

to keep from going dead.

I watch a drab bird fly away

I sense the jailer’s footsteps

in the hall

I would trade all electronic gadgetry,

my jewels and high class pageantry,

for one successful launch in life

for one rebirth right here and now,

one swan dive in free- fall

Cut to fade
End of days.

Karima Hoisan
March 3, 2001
Karak, Jordan

* This is an older poem from another lifetime:)

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31 Responses to Cut To Fade

  1. Ace says:

    “I am so tucked away inside
    not even the breeze
    can reach in there
    and find me,
    a prisoner in my
    arid wake-land.” -I love this, so beautifully/vulnerably said. This piece is so deep with emotion and ripe in feeling…each word sinks in my soul. Thank you for sharing this piece from your past, it is so powerfully mesmerizing 🖤🖤.

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    • Ace, your words,”each word sinks in my soul, can only happen because your soul is always ready to receive…people. histories. connections…You let it all into you with wide-open arms. How incredibly giving and generous of you..How brave and how wise. You are blessed Ace..I hope you know that….Always🤗🔆🤗🌟🤗✨

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  2. daleinnis says:

    Lovely and moving. And such a life you have had!

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    • Awww thank you so much Dale…It has been a saga of many acts…Alhamdulillah for each and every one…Even the sad and scary ones…Life is the collage that will reflect how you lived it…..millions of pieces but they do somehow all fit together in the bigger picture.

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  3. Joey says:

    Such a powerful piece in all its portrayed vulnerability and yet undeniable will to survive. It made me feel protective and I’m glad that it is all in the past. Isn’t it amazing, though, that today you can reflect on those feelings and see how your life has changed for something much healthier, full of love and inner peace? It’s easy to despair in hard times. If only we could know better days lie ahead. But then, maybe, we would turn out different if we knew more. The machinations of life are a mystery, really. Hugs!

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    • Oh Joey..what a good surprise to find your comment waiting for me this morning…I love that you felt protective of me…Hugss and yes, as you say, I am in a new garden where I flourish.Yes, it is so easy to despair and think…these times will be here forever…but tey never are..change is the rule of Life and good ones can come, and do come, after our darkest moments. The trick is to remember that…sometimes it’shard at the moment. Yes Life itself IS the great mystery..but there is an order to it all..even if sometimes we feel it’s all helpless chaos/ Thank you so much for your beautiful comment…❤️🤗🙏🌹🦋

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  4. I am clinging to
    the knotted sheets
    of tangled words
    to keep from going dead.

    Karima, your writing floors me. I am more thankful than ever for the solid chair beneath me.

    I love the scarf that’s tied to your chin and the poetic lifeline tied up inside of you. Brilliant.


    David

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    • You have made me beam David…I’m beaming in my sunny morning.What a wonderful way to start the day,,,seeing this beautiful, loving comment. Hope you have a good day too.Love that we connected through our writing…very special. as it would be nearly impossible to do it any other way:)🌟✨🔆🌹🤗

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  5. KK says:

    Simply awesome, Karima! Beautiful lines, so deep and profound! Reference to Leonard Cohen is superb. Many more for humanity… Well done. Loved it.

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    • Thank you Kaushal:) I know you know this too (I see it in your own poetry) sometimes our hardest moments help us to create our best poems… I am so pleased you loved mine!!🙏🤗🌹🦋

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      • KK says:

        It’s my pleasure. And it’s always a pleasure to read your poems. I agree with you. Emotions are the best drivers for creation of good poems. Stay blessed 🙏💐😊

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  6. Diana says:

    ‘I tap the minutes on the sill
    the shadows darken on the hour’ – this is such a profound line. I love the gentle flow of all your poems, Karima. They are really a bliss to read. Like a soothing tune to my weary heart. Stay blessed and have a lovely day ahead, Habibti! ❤🙏🌹🤗

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  7. Sabah al khair habeebiti..and a Good Morning to you!! You liked that line…smiles..I do too, was a Kodak moment and I didn’t have a camera…only my pen:):) Thank you sweet talent for enjoying my poetry..I guess we are now officially a mutual admiration society:):) You have a beautiful day today too. Big hugs and thank yous 🤗❤️🌹🦋🌟

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  8. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow, that might be from another lifetime, yet the adoration I have for it in this moment, I am very present to. You wind your way through so many different emotions, and I love, love, love, the “cut to fade, end of days.” It is so beautiful, words are not coming as fast as the feelings. Lovely, Karima. ❤🤗🙏✨🌹

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    • Oh Wow to you to Jeff. Thank you for your amazing comment…I catch your feeling perfectly Jeff and it is full of genuine appreciation of my work..Thank you again for being so intuned to my poetry ❤️🤗🌹🙏

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      • Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome, dear Karima. It is always my pleasure, to read your lovely creations. Always, always. Intuned, indeed, very much so. ❤️🙏🤗🌻

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  9. Karima, this is so deep, so beautiful, wrap me in another life.

    “The sun escapes in one quick swoop
    which brings
    the muezzin’s haunting call”

    I hear it. I feel it as you cling “to
    the knotted sheets
    of tangled words”

    Splendid work, my fabulous friend.
    A rose and all the love in the world for you.
    xoxo

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    • Accepts your rose and your comment gratefully and joyously. It means a lot that you felt inside this one.., Gabriela..As I said to someone else..I never had a camera in those days, so words were the next best thing… Love and admiration and gratefulness back to you my dear friend. Your comments always seem to be written in gold and you are very generous in your giving…Thank you with all my heart. ❤️❤️🔆🤗🌹

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      • Your words here are the best camera. I feel the magic of the call. It mesmerized me. It sends me into another world. You are fabulous. 🥰❤️🌹
        Have a beautiful Friday and thank you for everything 🥰❤️🌹

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  10. You reached me deeply with this: “I am so tucked away inside / not even the breeze / can reach in there / and find me, / a prisoner in my / arid wake-land.” The image is so strong and then the feeling being trapped within yourself. This, too, is exceptional: “for one successful launch in life / or one rebirth right here and now, / one swan dive in free- fall”. Lots of brilliance here!

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    • Thank you Ben..I love that you vibrated to those lines..They were the foundation for the whole poem… Beginning and the End…Love your comments…You really read deeply and I cherish what you always have to say. 🙏🌟✨🤗

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      • You’re welcome! That’s exciting to know it was the foundation of the piece. Very interesting, indeed. There’s always much in your work that I’m drawn to. I always find great lines, but it’s also the way you convey mood and tone.

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  11. This is such a brilliant poem Karima. Beautiful!

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  12. Samreen Asad says:

    “I have two good eyes

    that can see so far

    and have cried a thousand tears,

    just a few for me,

    but

    many more for humanity”
    Beautiful just beautiful habeebity, these lines runs deep inside. In fact every line does. You are a charmer, a wordsmith UmJulian, a treasured soul❤️❤️❤️

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    • And you are a treasured soul habeebity..As you know this one was written in Jordan a long time ago:) I actually did get a new start in life and also have cried many many more tears for humanity since then too…and a few for me. You are the sweetest, the most loving and my talented sister too…Alhamdulillah to WordPress for letting us meet❤️🤗🙏🌹

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  13. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow, your poetry is not only beautifully descriptive and filled with strong emotion but it is so powerful. You sound like an amazingly strong individual with all kinds of strength. You write so beautifully. I am so glad for Button (Gabriela’s Introduction). Love Joni

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    • Catching up on missed comments, I just found yours Joni..Thank you so much and for feeling power in my words, strength in my being.. Thank you somuch and yes, forever grateful to Gabriela, for bringing us together..🤗❤️🌹🌹
      Much love and Blessings Always…..❤️❤️❤️

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        You are welcome, your work is beautiful and I like the strength I feel in your words. Yes I am grateful for Gabriela (Button) she is a woman who loves to encourage and support women in this community which is a blessing. So glad to have met you as well. Sending lots of love and happiness to you Karima. xoxoxo Joni

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