Manta Rayvani

Naporwrimo 8th April, 2022

Write a poem that is about your alter ego

Post parrhood, when I was a smolt,
I kept a secret in the dark well of my heart.
And I named it – Barracuda.
On summer days, laying back on the railway sidings,
Bacon and egg growing between my fingers,
Rose bay willow herb dispensing fairies on the breeze,
I would sink into my own sighs,
And watch me fly,
Through clear blue skies – miles high.
Away from my peers,
Away from my tears.
No one knew my name.
I was not the same.
Only I could win my game.

I was not the biggest or the best,
Or the fiercest.
But I was fast, so very fast.
Faster than sharks, faster than marlin,
At speed I excelled through my mind’s clouds.

But now, I sail through different seas,
Where my shadows undulate over purple coral,
Thread their way through kelp forests of jade and midnight green,
Glide over ivory shell-built sands,
Like a million crushed narwhal tusks.

Ghostlike is my grace,
As in ballets I dance off the edge of Madagascar.
With silken sheets of ebony for wings,
I fly with far greater ease than in my summer dreams.

Sometimes I DO fly,
And not even David knows why,
I leap from the ocean blue to the azure sky,
And return to sing with whales.

11 thoughts on “Manta Rayvani

  1. Brilliant! The opening lines had me hooked like a fish and I had the song by Heart in my head. I love the lines:
    ‘On summer days, laying back on the railway sidings,
    Bacon and egg growing between my fingers,
    Rose bay willow herb dispensing fairies on the breeze’
    which remind me of my childhood.
    The line ‘Faster than sharks, faster than marlin’ reminded me of the poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.
    My favourite lines:
    ‘…my shadows undulate over purple coral,
    Thread their way through kelp forests of jade and midnight green,
    Glide over ivory shell-built sands,
    Like a million crushed narwhal tusks.’

    Liked by 1 person

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