The Man






“I am cold, even though the heat of early summer is adequate. I am cold because I cannot find my heart.” ~Sebastian Barry from his novel A Long, Long Way”

The quote is to inspire today’s poems at d’Verse




The man whom I came upon

has a whole forest, dense and deep

within him. He breathes freedom

of cardinals’ wings and rhythmic gait of a lion

on a chase. The golden manes flowing

in the wind, in joy of finding a prize.

I discovered him

in one of my dark, icy days

when my heart would not stir to light

and my tongue was a quartzite hand axe

absolutely pre historic.

He sat in a market place

amidst buyers and sellers;

people passed without a single glance

at him. The lonely man sat with a sun

in his lips; I thought he beckoned me;

in his eyes night twinkled

offering shelter and rest.

I sat at his feet

bathing myself in the musical epiphany

of his words that flowed from those parted lips.

I gave him my cold heart

and he slowly devoured me up.

Joining 5th year celebration of dVerse for Walter’s hosting ~ Part 3 – Laurie Kolp & A Summer Continuance



6 thoughts on “The Man

  1. How lovely to have encountered him Sumana. You allowed him to gift you the sun, music and the freedom of the whole forest. Love how you described him, smiles.

    Thanks for joining our celebration.

  2. This is absolutely stunning, Sumana 🙂 we meet so many people in our lives and very few of them have the power to touch our hearts and soul ❤ Beautifully penned (as always)

    Lots of love,

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