Eternal Grins

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“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander

Past the threshold of pain and onward
To a home nestled in the valleys
Where prayers soar high and sorrow smiles
Grief haunts none for grins eternally shine

To a home nestled in the valleys
Where the ground knows no tears
Grief haunts none for grins eternally shine
Of gleeful days do these mortal rays speak

Where the ground knows no tears
Fateful whispers in the air
Of gleeful days do these mortal rays speak
As hearts don’t scar and love bleeds not

Fateful whispers in the air
Where prayers soar high and sorrow smiles
As hearts don’t scar and love bleeds not
Past the threshold of pain and onward

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
― C.S. Lewis


This was written in response to this week’s We’ave Written Weekly; W3 poetry prompt hosted by David @ The Skeptic’s Kaddish. This week’s prompt given by Aditi Sharma is to write a Pantoum poem with the theme being anything dreamy, something non-existent in the real world, or just about one’s real-life dreams.

I’ve never written a Pantoum poem before, so this was a challenging yet fun experiment! For my ‘dreamy element’, I picked the idea of a world where grief is non-existent. What with all that’s been happening, the world appears to be collectively mourning the loss of friends we never made.

Speaking of loss, I urge you to contribute in any way possible to Pakistan’s flood-relief funds. It’s deeply unsettling and painful to read about such extensive destruction and pain and I hope we can do something to ease that.

Please donate to Pakistan’s Flood Relief Fundraisers

Since June 14, 2022, floods in Pakistan have killed 1,486 people. The floods were caused by heavier than usual monsoon rains and melting glaciers that followed a severe heat wave, all of which are linked to climate change. It is the world’s deadliest flood since the 2017 South Asian floods and described as the worst in the country’s history.

By 29 August, Pakistan’s minister of climate change said around “one-third” of the country was under water, affecting 33 million people. The government of Pakistan has estimated the loss of US$30 billion so far from floodings across the country.

1,486 people died, including 530 children, and an additional 12,749 were injured. 546,288 people are living in temporary camps because of the floods.

Wikipedia

Torrential monsoon rains have triggered the most severe flooding in Pakistan’s recent history, washing away villages and leaving around 3.4 million children in need of assistance and at increased risk of waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition. 

UNICEF

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Thoughtfully yours,
D

10 thoughts on “Eternal Grins

  1. The quote at the beginning was so apt for this prompt. I hope people in Pakistan have the strength and resources to overcome this disaster. Lovely poem. ❤

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  2. So happy you think so too! Aw me too – it’s so sad to see what’s happening. Thank you so much, Aditi! Your prose poetry and prompt were both absolutely gorgeous ❤️

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