Ode to a Curtain
by Nura Orooji (South Africa)
Audio: "Ode to a Curtain," read by Nura Orooji
Waterfalls of cream and white
with leafy laced foam,
how you flutter in the breeze with not a sound or a moan.
Shut out the dark or shut out the light.
So dainty and graceful you twirl in the wind.
Cascades of wealth hidden away in the corners of windows.
Loyal and true,
they keep all your secrets and from the darkness shield you.
Ode to the curtain
delicate and strong,
may moths spare your satin and chiffon.
Nura Orooji is a 17-year-old who loves her small mountain town where the chance of running into someone you know is always high. Nura loves to be creative: whether that's writing, painting, drawing, baking, or dancing. She spends her time quietly observing and watching the world go by. An ideal day is one spent on a sunny patch of grass in the garden or on a seaside rock, where the waves crash and splash your face, with a good book or a good friend. And she always keeps a notebook handy, because "You never know when a good idea will pop into your head!"
10/15/21, 6:17 PM
This is beautifully written! You are incredibly talented. I'm in awe.
9/23/21, 7:15 PM
The last sentence, "Hush, hush, hush, you're not alone, adds a nice ending to the poem. I like the ambiguity.
8/10/21, 3:55 PM
That was so beautiful
8/4/21, 11:01 AM
Ah Tiffany - I LOVE this piece, and the ending.. it's so powerful and incredibly moving. Well done!
8/4/21, 11:00 AM
Well done Chris! I feel like I am right there in the street.. such a beautiful use of language in this poem.
8/4/21, 10:59 AM
Ah what a beautiful piece.. I can feel the promise in this morning.. like I do on summer mornings where I live. Beautifully read too!
7/30/21, 7:24 PM
7/27/21, 6:01 PM
This is beautiful, I love your use of onomatopoeia
7/23/21, 12:22 PM
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7/21/21, 1:23 PM
Pain and nostalgia conveyed beautifully!
7/21/21, 8:35 AM
This is an amazing poem! The mixed feelings we have when we leave our home or city we grew is beautifully portrayed