Portraits Poetry Series #73: Warmed By The Joy They Held in Their Hearts

In case you haven’t been here before, I love writing prompts – whether a list of words, one word, or even an image. With these posts, I have written poems specifically about paintings and I hope, with my words, you see the scene just as visibly in your heart and mind as if you had seen the image itself.




They walked

Down the streets

Clamoring for silence,

It was a long journey home –

Across the city to their apartment house

But arm in arm, they walked

Reveling in the view.

Awe drew across their faces

As snow fell gently

And danced beneath

The flickering streetlights.

Everything, it seemed

Was wrapped in silence.

It was not –

That it was silent,

For cars blared in the distance

Taxis wailed on past

And they could hear

The hurried footsteps

Of shivering passengers

Rushing toward the underground subway.

Everyone sought solace from the cold,

But their shadows danced there

Kicking at snowfall

Throwing snowballs

And sticking out their tongues

To capture falling snow.

It is as if their disregarded youth

Had finally found them.

Yes, two sisters

Danced beneath

The falling snow

Their laughter ringing out

Until they reached

Their journey’s end,

Where matured faces

Found them soon again

And their seriousness returned.

The older sister struggled

And the younger one’s

Aged hands

Held tightly about her waist

As they mounted the stairs,

Calculating each step.

But beneath the doorway,

They paused – looking back

into the shadowy streets.


As they sipped tea,

They would swear they saw

A younger version

Of themselves

Playing beneath the streetlights

On a winter’s evening

Battling the cold,

Beneath layers of clothing

But warmed by the joy

They held in their hearts.


© Sumyanna 2017



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful 👌👌👌 keep writing and keep sharing


    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much for the encouragement!


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