LET THIS DARKNESS BE A BELLTOWER

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

Published by Miss Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah grew up in Kenya. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks, 'My six little fears' released on Sep 18, 2020, The Author's Feet released on Dec 5, 2021, and The Musunzu tree and other stories collection released in May 2021. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. (Poems: in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Bodies, and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. Short stories: Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Active Muse-India) Cynthia also sometimes contributes to the Life and Style section of the Nation newspaper.

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