July 7, 2014

Sunflower. ~ Raidah Shah Idil {Poetry}


when your heart is splintered

let the pain in and do

not filter
that ache, burn
let it slide into your
gather that pain around
you and
all you need

when the most broken man I know
tries to break you
breathe and
exhale (seven counts in, 11 counts out)
because you, my sweet
are worthy
so worthy
of the love
he cannot keep

let those barbed wires
fall to pieces
around you
dissolve into your
aerate your soil

and from that
may you grow softer,
may you always
towards the sun.


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Raidah Shah Idil

Raidah Shah Idil is a writer, poet, storyteller, creative instructor and a Digging Deep, Facing Self (DDFS) alum based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her debut double-featured novel, “Finding Jamilah and the Story of Yusuf” was published by MyLegacy publications in early 2014. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, SISTERS magazine, Daily Life, Lip Mag and Venture Beat. Raidah’s poetry was recently published in the ‘Armed With Only Our Souls’ online DDFS chapbook by New York poet Caits Meissner. As an instructor at Axiom Learning, Raidah teaches children and teens about creative writing, public speaking and the power of poetry. Raidah has recently taken to the stage and is now a budding spoken word artist. You can find her turning compost in her garden, hunting for herbs and collecting good stories.