Moonflies on my skin

Fiery beams pierce soft skies
seeking to delay the onset of night
On a brilliant bosom, gold glitters
A vile cologne spreads undeterred
as alluring quilts of sleep apparate
trying to nail a roving sprite
caught in an unfinished tug of war
between rogue days that clamour
over nubile nights

Time to transcend the powdered skin
Huddled feathers hush voluble beaks
Chanting crickets culminate in a baying crescendo
Cries and jeers sync into a whimper
Sanity mimics a falling movie curtain
with measured movements of settling dust
Nightmares gallop down the road
lighting latent matches under prayers

Moonflies emerge after the hooves recede
to pop irrational cocoons
filled with the trivia of loveless dreams
to release clipped and glued wings
not to send a love-float to circle the moon
but to suck out the plastic from living follicles.
-Reena Prasad

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About Reena Prasad

Reena Prasad is a poet from India, now based in Sharjah. She has several poems published in English anthology collections (Change, Indus Valley, Love in Verses, Musings—a Mosaic, eight anthologies by Barry Mowles and Friends and 10 of Brian Wrixon’s anthologies, also in online jounals: Carty’s Poetry Journal, Indian Ruminations, Indian Review and in online magazines such as Youth Ki Awaaz and Thanal Online. . Her poems have found place among the winning entries in contests by Writer's Cafe, Ekphrasis India and Poets Corner. She is a contributor to many international journals like The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal etc

12 thoughts on “Moonflies on my skin

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets ( ICOP ) are pleased to announce that for January 2013 , the following works have been chosen in the categories of Poem of the Month and Highly Commended . January’s Poem of the Month is..” Calcutta Confessions ” – Mukherjee Twish. Highly Commended ( tabulated in alphabetical order) are…*”Astrakhan Collars” – Gina McKnight ; “Awakenings” – Elizabeth Castillo ; “Beautiful Night” – Gopal Lahiri ; ” Could do better” – Steve Keates ; “Far away friend” – Iulia Gherghei ; “From the bedside of the sick” – Sunil Sharma ; “How can I” – Diwakar Pokhriyal ; “Moonflies on my skin” – Reena Prasad ; “Rainbow surfing” – Rahul Aithal ; ” Stand still ” – Sharon Elizabeth Walker ; “This is life” – Nalini Srivastava ; ” Unidentified Voice” – Prakash Dhamala

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    1. Reena Prasad

      Thank you very much Louis Kasatkin. A great honour indeed to have my
      poem up there among the highly commended ones. Congrats to all the
      featured poets .

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  2. Nalini Srivastava

    Time to transcend the powdered skin
    Huddled feathers hush voluble beaks
    Chanting crickets culminate in a baying crescendo
    Cries and jeers sync into a whimper….
    LOVED THE POEM…

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