Please Read the Letter- WEP June 2022

It’s the year of Music Challenges at WEP, and for the month of June the prompt is based on Please Read the Letter by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – a break up song and a moving plea for understanding at the termination of a relationship.

I haven’t ventured too far, talking about walking away in the form of a poem. I’ve been away from reading and writing for the past fortnight and this prompt just felt apt to warm up. I hope it strikes a chord with the readers.

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The day I walked out through the driveway

where the parijat* once blossomed in the moonshine,

The sad tree stood wilted.

Its soft fragrance comes rushing back to me,

A blissful reminder of the nights spent soaking up

silver streams, in your company.

Will you believe if I say it’s nobody’s fault? Sometimes

it is hard to carry on

I didn’t want us to drown.

A road of memories winds through my solitude, it hasn’t

been easy. The chalice, filled up with the sadness

you and I toasted each night, spills over.

Even as the knot in my throat writes to you, the world

outside is beautiful. It always will be,

though the ache may never go.

The grasses will swing and flowers burst to life

That’s how it is meant to be,

We’ll both come around.

Will you believe if I say it’s nobody’s fault? Sometimes

it is hard to carry on

I didn’t want us to drown.

*parijat- jasmine

Tagline: A letter is all you need to convey the unsaidsometimes you just grow out of love.

Total words- 158 (FCA)

‘This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.’

65 thoughts on “Please Read the Letter- WEP June 2022”

  1. Powerful, sad, and matches up well with the prompt. Nice job.
    I wrote a humorous piece for the June WEP prompt (it isn’t adult, though some may mistake it as such at first, depending on your hobbies).
    And I’m contemplating my favorite book worlds for the IWSG July prompt (I’m co-hosting). Any thoughts?
    Over at Operation Awesome, we’re gearing up for our Pass or Pages query contest with July’s family saga genre. Know any writers who might want to enter?

  2. Such a beautiful poem! It is a heart wrenching and sad journey of break up and heartbreak. Growing out of love is the saddest part. You feel like strangers in your own relationship.

  3. So beautifully written Sonia ji.

    “Will you believe if I say it’s nobody’s fault? Sometimes

    it is hard to carry on

    I didn’t want us to drown.”

    Just wow.

  4. This is a lovely poem Sonia. Sometime love doesn’t last and we are full of regrets. The heart break is real. Your poem brings out all the emotions really well.

  5. You write so well, Beta. It could have been a sad but you made it positive. I love the way you add parijat in your poem.

  6. The poem is heart touching. Talking through writing is the easiest, sometimes speaking can give us Hiccups but writing will help you express what you actually wanted to say

  7. This is beautifully written and so true! Sometimes it isn’t anyone’s fault. Love can simply fade away.

  8. Damyanti Biswas

    “The day I walked out through the driveway
    where the parijat once blossomed in the moonshine,
    The sad tree stood wilted.” I love how you’ve painted a beautiful picture with your words 🙂

  9. Beautiful indeed. There is something about few lines of this poem that it makes me smile and touches the right chords of the heart. Loved reading this 🙂

  10. A very different poem. You incorporated parijat…they are such sweet smelling flowers and they scatter everyday. Loved how have created the imagery of positivity.

  11. These lines “Even as the knot in my throat writes to you, the world

    outside is beautiful. It always will be,” are achingly beautiful and so wise too.

    Loved your poem Sonia.

  12. Hello Sonia. I found this a gentle poem, loved it. We’ve not had a lot of poems so far, but his may change. You’ve captured the emotions beautifully. I love your imagery –

    nights spent soaking up

    silver streams, in your company.

    Swoonworthy. So well done!

  13. What a lovely poem. Lots of meaning flowing from line to line. The last line brings us back to the beginning and offers hope for the future. Thanks for a wonderful read.

  14. Nilanjana Bose

    As delicate as the parijat, brava! Loved this take on the prompt. Love is indeed not a measured emotion anyone can control, falling in or falling out, The poem captures this melancholy beautifully. Thank you for this gemlike entry.

    Since you’ve marked FCA, just wanted to ask if the choice of the present tense ‘comes’ in line 4 is deliberate? Just a suggestion to review if not and see if the past tense works better.

    1. “Outside is beautiful and will be,
      Though my ache …..
      Touches the heart. Simply awesome poem.
      Beautifully expressed each word create a picture and so much relatable.❤❤

    2. Thank you for that feedback, Nilanjana. It is intentional because now the memories come to me. Maybe adding the now will work. So, thanks for pointing that out. Makes more sense that way.

  15. C. Lee McKenzie

    When love evaporates there’s no explanation for it, just as there’s no explanation for why it connected you in the first place. What a strange emotion, heh? I loved the poem.

  16. Hi Sonia – this so often happens doesn’t it … we have happy memories, albeit from a brief sad time as we move along with our lives. Well told – cheers Hilary

    1. This is such a grown up way of breaking up…you know…no cheating or heartbreak but the love just drying up…a sad admittance that it is futile to continue…but memories so full of thst love.
      Sonia, love this tender write about a love that has run its course.

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