“And the poem, I think, is only your voice speaking.”
― Virginia Woolf, “The Waves”
I was delighted when Veronica did me the honour of accepting my invitation to appear on my website, as I am a huge fan of Veronica’s writing.
It is a pleasure to meet you, lovely readers of K. Morris! I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Kevin. It is a great honour to be featured on the blog of such an excellent poet! His creative writing is an infinite source of inspiration and a beam of positivity in these uncertain times.
My name is Veronica Sizova, and today I am going to tell you how an eighteen-year-old girl has found her destiny in literature.
As soon as I’ve learned to read, the dream of becoming a writer encompassed my naive imagination. When I’ve opened a book of poetry for the first time, I was utterly spellbound by the power of words – the freedom of poetic expression, its infinite possibilities and irresistible charms have conquered my heart once and forever. My gloomy hometown, Yekaterinburg, an industrial city in the middle of Russia, is far from lyrical. Nevertheless, I have tried to find beauty even in its stern, wintry spirit.
The call for liberation from the confinement of an authoritarian Motherland has ignited my desire to study abroad. Two years ago, I got an incredibly lucky opportunity to attend a Canadian high school. This extraordinary experience not only enriched my cultural awareness but also inspired me to start writing in English. As unbelievable as it may sound, I have finally found my own voice – in an unfamiliar country, among people from different backgrounds.
The first poem I wrote in English was inspired by Bob Dylan’s timeless song, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Its lyrics capture the essence of tragedy with brilliant simplicity, and I was aiming to achieve a similar effect. Hopefully, this ode to the loss of a loved one will resonate with your soul.
I’m knocking on your Heaven’s Door
As restlessly, as reckless waves –
Remember – when they reached the shore –
You have succumbed to Death’s embrace.
The sun reflected in your eyes:
Its blinding, fatal afterglow –
A witness to the heart’s demise –
Took your ethereal, light soul…
This tiny door contains the world,
Replacing millions of words;
Shakespeare is writing there in gold –
The clouds are parchment, stars – the chords.
Please, let me in – the flames will rush,
Spilling themselves – my tears of love –
But there’s no lustre left so lush –
The earthly beacons aren’t enough!
I keep on calling through the mist;
Wings rustle softly with the tide,
As if an angel holds my wrist
And whispers: “Let me be your guide!”
I will stay by this Heavenly Door,
As the billions of centuries pass –
“Dearest, give me the keys,” I implore,
Still lamenting your final caress…
As the feeble thread sets us apart,
The Creator is honing his knife –
“Live or not to?” He asks every heart
While exclaiming – “How precious is life!”
I’m knocking on your Heaven’s door
For the myriads of desolate days:
No one answers me anymore,
Since you saw the oncoming waves…
Thank you for taking the time to appreciate my work – every new reader is a balm to the writer’s soul!
You can find more creative writing on my website: https://thewavesofpoetry.wordpress.com/
If you share my passion for capturing the fleeting moments, feel free to explore the Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/veronica_bloomsbury/
I hope to get in touch with you soon!