Below are the all-time best Junate Ersal poems as chosen by PoetrySoup members
It was a green semi-dry oak leaf,
last and youngest of the family.
She did not want to fall
as she stared at the heinous wind
on a cold night in late fall
Maybe it was best to jump down,
since it’s been long
after her family bade farewell.
“Oh loneliness!” she mused, “you’re unbearable”
“I can not breath, nor can I smell”
Pretty soon, a squirreled showed up
“Oh God! why do you look so scared?”
he asked in all his mischievous curiosity
She replied,”I’m an orphan,lonely and snared.”
“Wind is treacherous and life is no fun any more.”
“No! don’t say that li’l leaflet.”
“You are so fresh,but rookie,” said the squirrel,
“You’ll have many friends in rest of your life”
“What is a friend?” asked the leaf
while her desire to learn was rife
“A friend is a warm hand,
clutching your hand in depth of the storm…
A friend is the one who cried
once your heart writhed in pain,” said the squirrel
The tiny leaf smiled as her tears dried
“So, do you feel my agony in my heart now?”
“I truly do!” replied the squirrel
Just then a gust pulled and drifted the leaf away
The squirrel shed tears as repined
while she yelled “Do not cry, squirrel!”
“Now, at least I have a friend behind”
A squad of cavalries turns up at first
their flag flutters at every angle
proud and their poor fate stubbornly reversed
the youngest one of them blows the bugle
Next, day strips itself of night, boisterous
the survivors step over the fallen
to the summit, wounded but victorious
the bravest one sags all of a sudden
That happens and will do, when justice is sliced
it was worth it and it will since God pleads
It's a cause for which our lives are sacrificed
as blooded swords are put back into sheaths
Honor befalls me, who made it public
in a lonely sonnet, epic and lyric
Friends told a secret
Put the ticket on the shield
No more new tickets
I did not wait long
To realize the secret advice
When I got ticket
I did what they said
I left my car with ticket
Glad to know the trick
Dark when I came back
I saw the ticket gave birth
I do l!#*ve my friends
I don't know how it began-
what matters is it's there
like a famished bee on on a daisy
Let me release a sigh-
It was one point in time
and began wherever it did
I did not notice
by the time...
All i saw was
large dark pouty bats
I used to shepherd
on the mountains where
sorrow was sipped for water
Facts were without polish, but
were trampled carelessly
there was no north, south nor west nor east
There did not exist any peace
to be seized.
I used to see, but nothin'
they were used to a vast blank screen
seeing was nothing, stop whining-in other words.
all flowers were born faded
all the time was it,
that kids used to cry, which nobody hated
rain was not rain
food was not food
cloud was not cloud
day was night, night was nightmare
I remember it well,
when you turned up as lost
in my town, torn and ghost
Now, it was talking
with all joy and glee
I came across you sudden but free
It turned out
life was not squeezed between white and black,
not even grey
let my eyes drink green, blue, orange and honey
You were there, right across my trembling knees
with all the brightness,
I was stunned by
your amazing albescent brilliance
Ey, the world! hear me out,
I don't get covered with blank, vague darkness any more
let not my heart cease throbbing, it's insane!
I already got used to the glamor, it's not in vain!
Hold, hold on please, let me release a sigh-
World keeps to turn on,
we are born and die,
dawn comes as night ends.
death reigns in all spots
of this poor, old land.
Time takes big paces,
we don't learn parts,
in things that change
the world and life
My minds stuck,
hands are tied,
they are quiet
I learned Jason passed away
at four o’clock on the way.
My worries rushed to the fore hot,
doomed now, for he owed me a lot!
It's one of those moments,
the guy in you grabs the micro
starts talking on and on;
mine is often sarcastic,
from high school to career,
spinning around the questions starting with why,
no escape from responding.
It's like life itself, which is always to blame;
and which you can not do away with.
In that moment you go through a mental trance.
Next, a piece of music wakes you from your journey.
It does not matter who it is,
be it Ravel, Brahms or,Rachmaninoff;
But, mostly it's Pachelbel knocking at my door.
in that moment, lightnings thud in my world,
just as my internal lights are dead blind.
The dried, barren soil kisses the wild stream
through cracked lips,
A mom presses her toddler into her chest,
that moment, life leaps into joy
stripped of mournful sorrow.
It feels like seeing the smile on the kid's face
who made her first step;
it feels like being picked up by
the Baroque tune in "Canon In D".
To some others,
it feels like waking up to Miles Davis.
People keep pouring through the streets,
no matter what happened last night;
it's like life itself,which is always to blame
and which you can not do away with.
Next, my eyes get blurry
they see the loved one behind
the foggy hills of my mind.
it feels like covering her naked body with blanket,
shielding off the morning breeze
slipping through our ajar window
as bed sheets smells of our sweat of bliss.
That moment, it feels like sensing life
running through your veins.
So, you show interest in these verses
partnering with me in that moment
don't be intimidated with sharing it
It feels like being a single body, united
with all of our good deeds and sins.
Afar, The Sun sends her last rays
down the snow capped mountains of my heart
that moment, my ears are cozily stuck with
the arias of Andrea Bocelli, warm and gripping
it feels like my dad's still alive and smiling
The shouts are familiar afar
behind the bars of my mind
The streets are packed with people,
but, the day's troubled in pain.
Crows disperse off the trees,
intimidated by the hoots of a 7 train
I'm walking and time flees
with the head fixed up in the sky.
Can't help thinking,
The Sun still shines,
squirrels are frolicking...
Today is my birthday.
I take another lonely breath in,
even the sea is celestial blue,
It was four, three hours back,
Don’t know why, no clue,
everybody is here,