A Darkened Gaze by Megha Sood

My days were hazy
some deeper shade of limestone
translucent and mist,
covered in the thin layer of tears

those globules of broken hopes
as they rest on my supple skin
holding a broken prayer
between their folds.

Sometimes ever a prayer
can’t heal your broken self.
Faith turns into rust
and eats at everything
and anything,
a slow devouring parasite.

The heart is helpless
stigmata of broken dreams,
like the flapping wings of a dying monarch
trapped in the mud.

Death takes you as a surprise
a sudden declaration,
breaking the calmness
that soothing apricity

It dazzles you
with its slithering steps
a darkened gaze
instilled as a sudden fear
in the eyes of
a wounded sparrow
falling from the window sill.

Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing author/editor at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, Poets Corner and contributing editor at Ariel Chart.
Her works have been featured in 521 Magazine #Sideshow, Oddball, Pangolin review, Fourth and Sycamore,KOAN ( Paragon press),Modern Literature, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Modern poetry, Spill words Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Little Rose Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Writer’s Cafe Magazine, and coming up in Dime Show review,Piker Press, The Stray branch and many more. Her poetry has recently been published in the anthology “We will not be silenced” by Indie Blu(e) Publishing, “All the Lonely People” by Blank Paper Press and upcoming in three other anthologies by the US, Australian and Canadian Press.
She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest. She blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.
Twitter: @meghasood16
Instagram: @meghasworld16

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