Created for Book Illustration Competition, Love Poems Contest, House of Illustration, The Folio Society. UK 2020.
The Trick by Imtiaz Dharker
In a wasted time, it’s only when I sleep that all my senses come awake. In the wake of you, let day not break.
Let me keep the scent, the weight, the bright of you, take the countless hours and count them all night through till that time comes when you come to the door of dreams, carrying oranges that cast a glow up into your face.
Greedy for more than the gift of seeing you, I lean in to taste the colour, kiss it off your offered mouth.
For this, for this, I fall asleep in haste, willing to fall for the trick that tells the truth that even your shade makes darkest absence bright, that shadows live wherever there is light.