Sunday Best: the unseen darkness

Dear reader,

I hope you are well and you enjoy reading the pieces which were shared on Free Verse Revolution this week.

Below are links to resources and cases in urgent need of support (please leave further links I can include in the comments, thank you!):

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://linktr.ee/justiceforbreonnataylor

https://linktr.ee/justiceforelijahmcclain

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/black-minds-matter-uk

https://yemencrisis.carrd.co/

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions?state=open&topic=race-and-equality&fbclid=IwAR3_pVo-DzxYB5AbYU0ObxP1FYuYNiLHMySdgQqsWlag3Uhe-Kz4HZujnqw

To catch up on this week’s pieces:

Tuesday – Richard LeDue

Wednesday – Ellie Onka

Thursday – Punam Sharma

Friday – Gabriela M.

Saturday – S. K. Nicholas


 

This week’s prompt was ‘the unseen darkness’ and there were ten responses in total and it was very difficult to choose, but here are the top three!

Love Song of the Unspoken (after T. S. Eliot) – writer.interrupted on IG

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During winters – Lucy

the unseen darkness
and ghosts of madmen
pluck the death in me
with lady’s slipper petals;

craters of blackberry
oyster shells lay at night
during winters; the red
fingernails of grief,
the oceania flowers
drowned

and in our minds
we dissolve
like white tombs
of the moon.

 

Blood and Death – Priya

In silence I witnessed,

Strips of flesh torn aside,

Bloody footprints running beside;

Swords and sticks cast away,

As pale corpses littered the way.

In silence I witnessed,

Their dying breaths struggling to escape this world,

As blood-lust comes flooding into my town;

The unseen darkness flickering inside,

These mundane men ravaging into the night

In silence I witnessed,

The flames of madness engulf the sight,

‘Riots’ they cried after that night;

Spilt blood was cleaned and damages discovered,

The public was appeased and peace recovered.

In silence I witnessed,

As hatred grew like weeds,

When God’s words were twisted to incite men’s greed.

Oppressed and isolated, they vowed to avenge;

In blood and death, this saga of revenge.

(Lately, riots and mob lynchings have become popular tools of power-politics in India. The devastation caused in the Delhi Riots 2020 was swept under the rug, as our leaders played the blame-game. The culprits, fanning the flame of religious intolerance, continue to be protected while the victims are harassed, threatened and silenced. Instead of raising our voices against this relentless religious persecution, most are either indifferent or scared of denouncing the unconstitutional practices of these mighty men. And I fear, someday history will repeat itself when today’s oppressed rise tomorrow seeking retribution.)

 


 

The theme for August will be announced tomorrow at 6pm BST here on WordPress and submissions will reopen!

Happy writing,

Kristiana

2 thoughts on “Sunday Best: the unseen darkness

  1. Pingback: during winters. – Lucy's Works

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