Extra > Poem – Until the ocean dries her grapevines

Posted on February 8, 2017
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

A poem by Khadija Ahmed about love

Until the ocean dries her grapevines,
And petal-veined lovers come undone,
Follow me into the bleeding skyline.

Promise swallows the white warning sign.
You urged me to run tonight. Run! Run!
Until the ocean dries her grapevines.

Pandora drained herself to juice red wine,
Ducking behind her lover’s setting sun.
Follow them into the bleeding skyline.

I could not blossom in her red moonshine,
Agony burned bright. The Fates are not done
Until the ocean dries her grapevines.

Mercy, cried Pandora, curving her spine,
Planting new berries to replace old ones.
Follow her into the bleeding skyline.

Curious hands and cold wonder combined,
Picked and plucked Pandora to be our son.
Until the ocean dries her grapevines,
Follow me into the bleeding skyline.

This poem was originally featured in Haringey Unchained, a collective of students aiming to showcase the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form Centre in Tottenham. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London.

We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

Khadija Ahmed


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