“As a pearl in the Indian Ocean” (2018) – Chapbook – Gloria Mannazzu – 4/16


It is true that
we often fight
within ourselves
with thoughts that lead nowhere.

It is true that
I have no evidence
that could prove
your feelings.

In this context
of unlimited questions
and ongoing doubts
I decide to look within me.

What do I know?
How do I feel about it?
What are these walls safeguarding?
Why do I need protection?

It is telling
what we owe to ourselves
we often think the opposite
of our wishes.

It’s like a path with secret wholes
at some point you will fall.

In a perfect plan
I would do certain things
I would face my craves
I would speak freely.

If it is a perfect plan
the fact that I don’t know
the fact that I don’t act
perhaps it’s meant to be this way.

“As a pearl in the Indian Ocean” (2018) – Chapbook with fourteen poems and twelve watercolours by Gloria Mannazzu.

1- As a pearl in the Indian Ocean
2- It is true
3- In this box
4- Acknowledgement
5- A silent song
6- Anchor yourself
7- The day to find out
8- Parallel waves
9- It will rain everywhere
10- Paradigms unknown
11- And the time passes by
12- The breathing of a Buddha
13- As a lullaby
14- As a phoenix

© 2018 Poems and artworks by Gloria Mannazzu. All rights reserved.