Dry Red

Garth Rakumakoe

Take me

to that place, dry red

only you and I know of

invisible, to this earthly world

That place where

foregone stars roam freely,

hosting thine perfumed aroma


Spill over my forlorn garment

of silence and solitude

and stain its garden soil 

with your luscious kiss

imbued in floral hints, plum

and berry hues


Like paper, crumple my resist

Flick the light to my slow burn

and in my relent to ashes

scatter me, over the oceans

atop crafted ivory notes

and call me back

to the still waters

of my acquired self

in rediscovery, lost

in delectable sonics, lest I go

and not come back


Lest I slit my wrists, take me

to that place again

where you and I only

know the merlot intimacy

of man and song


Make me bold, lessen

the haunt of my secrets

and troubles, be my trumpet

be my trombone, be my cello,

piano, and magnolia

Heaven knows I live best

when I forget, in musicality

In escape!


Encapsulate me, ruby red

Take me again

to the moon and back

as in this abyss

of low jazz, and my darkened room

I wander, aimlessly, into the night

decadent, purple, and all yours

to seduce




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  • sophin

    a great work...seems to track an adventure across a land that exists on the other side of dreams...i wish i could express my appreciation for this poem in other ways than these, but i cannot find the right words. thank you for sharing.

    • Garth Rakumakoe

      Thank you for your appreciative comment, Sophin. Your words convey the message clearly, and are much appreciated.

    • Rocky Lagou

      Hey! This is a glorious display. Been missing you on MPS not gonna lie. I'll be real with you, you truly have a marvelous poetic capacity that's unqiue to you. The poem "Tree of Identity" was just one of the many that got me hooked to your wonders. In this particular one I really enjoy your shrewd wording, you honestly have a large vocab. I feel music could be an underlying theme, and love is at the surface of your words. Very well done!

      • Garth Rakumakoe

        Thank you, poetically gifted one. The comfort of admiration such as yours are really the crackling fire that ever warms our circle. An appreciation in which I share deeply, for the works of your pen as well. The well shall never run dry sir. I am around, and deeply humbled with each earnest letter you pen all the time. I hope all is well with you and yours. Accept my love from this side of the world. Peace, blessings and good tidings your way fellow writer. 🙏

      • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

        Just amazing .. beautifully expressed 🙂🙂 really one of my favourites from you . I hope your ok . Take care

      • Garth Rakumakoe

        I am well and safe vb. I hope the same for you. Thank you so very much for the kind visit. It is much appreciated 🙏.

      • SharonMoemise

        Your ability to express yourself never ceases to amaze. In every poem you've published here, I tend to lose myself in the subtlety and almost profound way you have of describing even the simplest of things that immediately translates to beauty. I am a fan of your work.

      • Garth Rakumakoe

        Oh thank you so very much, Sharon. I am deeply humbled. Please accept my gratitude. 😇🙏

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