Tag Archives: #illustration

Pistachio ice cream

Winter is but a memory
In the melting heat
You told me about
Your first dreams
Your final dreams

We sat on the park bench
Eating pistachio ice cream
You could hurt people
& then like a child
Enjoy a treat
People are like this

Pistachio ice cream
Is my favourite

What did Hannah call it?
The banality of evil

© Niliema Karkhanis

Enigmatic

Walking towards

Falling sunsets
Dipping themselves
Along the frosted edges
Of our sharpened hearts

Pens strewn upon
The table
You encouraged us
To draw

I closed my
Burning eyes
Photophobic
Shaping
Sorrow
Out of nibs
Of felt-tippesd
Black pens
Found

Anywhere

Now

I am the life
You couldn’t
Quite believe in

Now

I laugh at myself
As I furrow my brow
Tempting my own
Expectations of
What we dreamed of

For

I don’t forget
The polymorphy
We constructed
Out of bricolage

Peripheral vision
Astigmatic
Perception
Holographic lenses
Renewing spectrum

Perhaps the persistent days
Were boring with you
Although I never saw it
That way

That way
I thought
We were

Enigmatic

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured image by to Solen Feyissa from Unsplash


Spheres

1

She said that the planets
The stars are all balls
Floating in space

From a child’s mind
These words 
Always so revolutionary

2

I was looking at high resolution
Photographs of the sun

I look at maps of the moon
& think of you

How we are here
& gravity spins us in place

In space

Maybe roundness is resented
Because it’s the ultimate magic

Perfect spheres
Of fire & ice
Of stone & life
Reflective surfaces
Spinning & continuing

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured photo by KARTIK GADA from Unsplash


Meta-ekphrasis: 2d design

Colourful world-building
Wonderful abstraction of principle

Two dimensional
Delimitation
Mixing palettes
Of cloud shades
Hues & grades
Leaving the pages

Brain matter hazes
Gazing as the other
Although who gave us that placement

Art is everywhere
We are mused & muses
Moving formulations
Interpreting formations
Composition of storms
Matter is the discourse
From even the most inexpensive pen nib

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured photo by Mr TT of unknown outdoor artwork in Monreal circa 2015.


Diving

Energy potential
Under the flare
Of eclipse
Superflower moon
We feel the fullness
In each cell, each tissue

Crystal invisible
Insistent staircase

Time
Diving
Turning over
Drenched under the
Pression of another

Compelling tomorrow

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured image by Paweł Czerwiński from Unsplash


Interpreting

All the realizations &
The lingering frustrations
Interpreted through
Unimpressive opinions

Did I ask you?
No I didn’t.

In reality
I stopped telling you
What I do
What I think

Damned
Either way
You don’t

Listen to

What I say

Forget me
Go away

These days
I give everything away

Secrets were meant
To be shared anyway

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured image by Pawel Czerwinski from Unsplash


Another level

1

I keep thinking
I’ll die

& then I don’t
Somehow

Watching loved
Ones go is hard
Even ones we
Don’t know

Purposeful
Representation
Of entirety of self

Purposeless
Orchids

Do not live

2

How many times
Did she tell you
What was happening?

& how many times
Did you tell me
I was wrong
About reality?

Some people
Thrive on
Others’ confusion

The ways of men
With no personalities

3

Cold eyes
Pretending
You were there
At the parking lot stairs


Leaving is one thing

But breaking everything
Before you go

Is another whole level

4

You found her
Didn’t you?

Your Cerissa
Your Karla

Serial forced reason
Is of no consequence

Immunity compromised

We have the revolution

Ultimately

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured photo by federico izzo from Unsplash


Coordinates

Taking the last
To the future
Whatever you
Think about
Love

Always
A complex
Illusion

Confusion

The floors lifting
Up to the sky
The coordinates
Falling out
Of your eyes

Your mouth is
The answer
No questions
Come through

Bittersweet

Twilight

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured photo by Michael Fenton from Unsplash


Cacophonies

Characterizations
Laid upon you
Shedding the
Foundation of
Wrongs for
Every possibility
Daylight has to offer
& nighttime must cradle

Sentient bliss of
Darkness emerging
Brings all to surface
Cold rising star
Measures of temporality
Set upon a universe
Of sadness

Persistence
Persistence

Unreality
A mechanism

Textured
Harmonies

Collapsing cacophonies

Periwinkle mindset
Baby pink chaos

All the ways we scheduled tasks. Groceries after cups of tea & loss. Costs. 

Balcony lunches. Strategizing revolved futures. Hanging roses upside down to dry them & remember the purple sky.

High up in the treetops, we talked to squirrels, sparrows, many cats. They taught us how to cook & make plans.

Spiral staircases to people in dreams. We.

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured image by Jon Tyson from Unsplash


Orb

Heads tuning
Themselves
Inquiringly
Towards Jupiter’s
Moons over nightmares

The orb
So beautiful
The satellite
So truthful

With terraform quantifications
From sullen deceptors
We fight onwards in
Idealisms

Upon the formings
Of multicoloured
Pastel dreamscapes

Reflecting burst
Lighting cumulus
Most hopeful orbiter

At last
Molten cold
Breakthrough

© Niliema Karkhanis


Featured image by Daniel Olah from Unsplash