I. Sands and shadows

APRIL 22nd, 2011 UPDATE:

SANDS AND SHADOWS is now officially ON THE MARKET and can be found either in the Red Lead Press Bookstore or on Amazon.com, both in paperback version and as e-book, ISBN 978-1-4349-6531-8. 

The words preceding this excerpt from the book belong to a very dear friend of mine, Yelena Sapranova, who, kindly enough, endowed my works with the beauty of her thoughts :). Thank you Yel!

“Welcome to the poetry of Liliana Negoi 🙂
Liliana is a poet who deeply loves words, and this in combination with sincerity of expression endows her creations with an immediately recognizable element that you perceive as you begin to read her works.
Her poems are distinguished by the vivid free-flowing style that takes any reader immediately into their magical realm.
Liliana is clearly able to unite the brightest colours of romantic imagery with an underlying analysis, her writings are lyrical but with immersed insight, and I think that one of the reasons why she synthesizes the nature and the human, as we are all deeply connected with our surroundings.
She has a talent to fill the lines with movement, half-tones, nuances, marvellous images and highly original metaphors that reveal the power of words and foisters your imagination.
What I love most is that her poetry is never artificially sounding or sugary – it is permeated by reality, it puts no paint on the face of life but shows life as the stream of emotions, be they dark or light.
Some of Liliana’s works are not immediately comprehensible but as you read them several times with your heart open, you begin to feel the intention of a poem, and then you catch the reason behind it to fully enjoy the words.
Just feel deep melancholy and as you read ‘the wanderer’, and then fleeting time in ‘nocturne’, mystical motifs with a Celtic touch in ‘Moirae’, passion and romance of the purely magical ‘unfinished storm’, ‘most of all’ and ‘northern lights’, alienation and emptiness in ‘caged’ and ‘depression’, longing to be closer to the lover and musicality of ‘if i could’.
If you FEEL, you will fall in love with her poetry.”


I watch the dust kissing my feet
as I try to rest in the shadow of a white poplar…
then I look on my right,
the path already walked laying there, caressed by the sunset,
saying farewell to me …
a warm breeze wipes away
the tear born in the corner of my eye…
I look down and see the shadow surrounding me,
as if shutting me in some sort of cocoon,
protecting me against the dryness before it and the dryness to happen…
and then I look to my left,
the path to be taken,
waiting patiently to whisper to my feet
of those who walked it at their turn…
inhaling the thin air, with no trace of moisture in it…
then exhaling, while I painfully rise…
one last look on the right…
and then back to that lonely path, not looking back,
wandering again in search of myself,
burying my tears in heaven,
saving them for when the time will be right to mourn…

nocturne – aquarelle

your words floating on moon rays
caress my hearing
just like rose petals caress one’s sight…
seconds pass
as we entwine glances
and as our fingers learn the path to each other’s delight…
and for neither of us matters
that all we have is “now”
and that “tomorrow” may be too late
for us not to have fallen in love with each other…
in the end
I guess
we’re simply grateful
that we were given the chance
to try and guess all those bitter-sweet words left unsaid,
hidden inside our shining eyes…


she rose her eyes in the last sunbeam of that golden dusk
that had chosen her strands as catafalque,
a mute prayer for her life hidden in the unborn tears
slowly drowning her soul in the middle of that desert…
‘word weaver!’, screamed the voices inside her mind,
night after night of braiding the taste of passion
in others’ hearing…
‘but how else to birth the death of moonlight at dawn?…’, she wondered,
as she tuned her voice to the sounds of orient
and began one more time
to embroider the whispers of the silken sheets
with the scent of incense offerings rising from the golden goblets
of untold stories…


run and hide wanderer…
run to other lands, maybe more peaceful than these
and hide hoping that my eye won’t trace your shadow
and won’t release a flood of fire and ice upon you…
run hosting in your soul the dread of taking decisions,
torn apart between right and wrong,
hoping that this way you will not have to take the blame
for what happens behind you,
comforting yourself with the lie of doing “the right thing”…
run like Lot, no glance towards the past,
for fear you’d turn into the salt of my tears…
but know that your fate has been sealed,
that you’ll always bear the mark of love in your soul
and that my roots are already tied to your heart…

unfinished storm

“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.'”
Erich Fromm

just a hot summer afternoon,
minutes passing lethargically
our moments shaded in the day’s
lambent amber sunshine
shredding us in a humid veil
our wayward wanton dreams
sitting together in such sweet silence
on the porch behind my house…
the winds soughing softly of storms
eclipsing clouds in sky watching over us
and I could feel your breath…your touch
the scent of moisture feeling the air…

and we made love there,
on that porch,
under the lightning’s blessings
and in the vibrant rhythm of the thunder,
your fingertips caressing my skin,
tracing the shivers along my spine,
as if you had stolen from the warm raindrops
sliding on the nature’s walls
their godlike gentleness…
and as the hourglass sand surrounded us in its falling,
we became the storm…

if I could

if I could
I would transform myself
into a ray of moon,
just to be able to caress your face in your sleep
and chase your nightmares away…
I would grow arms of night
and sweeten darkness for your tired eyes…
I would be the scent of burning incense
traveling on the wings of your breath inside you,
just to be a little closer to your heart…
I would be the salt in your shed tears,
just to feel your hand on me,
even for a second…
but since I cannot be any of those,
I might just as well die
and become your guardian angel…


I see you getting closer
and I shiver
as I know that once again
your footsteps will walk through my empty soul…
I am just another of night’s shadows,
trapped here against my will,
haunting the grains of sand around us,
praying to the moonlight for forgiveness,
while you, dear wanderer,
fulfill your task of haunting my dreams,
now and forever apart from me…

northern lights

she leaned her cheek against the glacier’s surface,
listening to the icy sounds inside it,
feeling the thin layer of water forming under the heat of her flesh,
like a tribute to her passion…
it was her perfect lover, that glacier…
always singing that silent song of longing,
always accepting her embraces with a freezing joy,
always waiting for her,
hard at core like a diamond,
and with fragile edges, just like that one,
always melting under her touch of love…
there were rainbows flourishing inside that touch,
sparks of frosty desire,
and she was pressing her body completely against her lover,
allowing him to feel the shivers traveling her flesh from head to toes,
smiling while watching how the wetness touching her hot skin
was transforming into a lazy steam,
caressing her like some invisible godlike fingertips
making love to her under the aurora borealis…


incandescent thoughts fired on the fingertips of the evening breeze,
braided with the scent of dying roses,
were filling her lungs each time she inhaled summer passing by…
she was watching the spotless sky,
numb fingers clawing the parched earth
as if trying to feel pain,
just to have a pretext to cut that Gordian knot of tears
that was stuck in her throat…
and she welcomed that first drop of blood
born in the palm of her hand
like the most precious gift of her life…
and she exhaled…

falling apart

the sweetly colored
footsteps of autumn,
pacing slowly,
waltz rhythmically,
the chambers of my soul,
resonate in the fall
of words covering
my heart,
the new self for me
to drown within…
in the bleeding
wounds of the sunset,
I am just waiting
for my share
of winter,
so that I can
finally allow
my soul to hibernate,
away from love’s

most of all

I miss the storms you used to rise in me…
turning raindrops into blessings
and melting them in the scent of time flowing over us…
those thunders crushing against my ribs’ cage
in the wild rhythm of my pagan heart,
always birthing the songs of forever wanting you…
the whirls of dreams on which I laid my wings,
flying towards hopes of future…
the lightning of your voice engraved in my soul,
turning me into a blazing angel,
you, my every night’s devil…

71 Responses to “I. Sands and shadows”
  1. Luke Prater says:

    Wow. lots of great stuff here. You’re writing a book? Sounds good. Do you have a publisher already? Northern Lights my favourite here. The chill of the glacier… very palpable

    Nice work

    Warmest Salad

    Luke (sorry for not visiting sooner! Things have been very crazy at my end)

  2. Artswebshow says:

    This is a wonderful collection of poems.
    Really enjoyed reading this

  3. Sana Rose says:

    Oh wow, Lilly… This looks great..! So you have a book coming! That is awesome! I have one too.. All the best and keep writing your intriguingly beautiful words! SANDS AND SHADOWS – Well, A title of your book- good one indeed..

  4. A.B. Thomas says:

    Fantastic writes you have and the title for the upcoming book is so apt, definitely there’s a 1001 Arabian Nights feel to the majority of the material. I am particularly fond of Northern Lights, it really appealed to the Canadian that beats within.

  5. Jingle says:

    best wishes for your book…
    awesome collections.
    keep it up.

  6. 2zpoint says:

    Your words twist my thoughts into a 1000 dreams of days that I have seen. So personal is your collection that it bares the parts of the soul that we all wish that we could express so well. You have a unique collection that is a treasure and will be your families pride and joy long after you have passed on. Peace be with you Ms.Negoi. you are awesome!

  7. Jingle says:


    week 31 perfect poet award reminder,
    let me know if you accept,
    thanks a ton.
    welcome to rally week 32.

  8. Hello, please inform us when we shall see a follow up!

  9. short poems says:

    This is really beautiful collection of poems. Enjoyed them 🙂
    All the best

  10. Olivia says:

    All the very best for your Book Dear- what wonderful composition of words here- 🙂 Do let us know the moment it hits the stands- Jingle Poetry can exclusively cover your achievement and put it across the Community.. 🙂

    Love My Dear- xox

  11. Olivia says:

    Glad to read you today, hope all is well in your blogging or poetry writing agenda.
    We treasure your input and would be delighted to see you at our potluck again this coming Monday.
    Any poem is acceptable, simply link in and share…
    Let me know if you need further assistance.
    Keep writing, Keep inspiring!

  12. danroberson says:

    Best wishes for your book. The collection of poems is incredible! Keep reaching into the depths and keep the flow going.

  13. 700miles says:

    these are great Lil! i’ll be looking forward to the release of your book. 🙂

    take care

  14. 2zpoint says:

    I hope all is well with you Ms. Negoi. I don’t know if you have Thanks giving where you are but I would like to say that I am thankful for you and your words. Peace be with you and may you have a special holiday season.

    • hey :). no, we don’t have this holiday, but that doesn’t mean that one cannot be grateful for what he/she has been given :). thank you for your warmth and kindness! it means a lot to me!

  15. belfastdavid says:

    What a pleasure to be able to come and read this collection of poems on a cold winter’s afternoon.
    Their ambience has warmed me (even while you are making love to a glacier) 🙂


  16. Adriana says:

    i just can’t wait to read your book…even if i know almost all your poems :D:D:D:D:D

  17. Scent of my heart says:

    Congratulations and all the best with your book! Loved all of the poems included here, but I favor the most “Scheherazade”, so gentle and lovely!

  18. Scent of my heart says:

    Hello, how are you?

    you are invited to join our potluck week 12 at Jingle Poetry : http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/

    Write a poem fitting our week 12 theme (Nature, Plants, Creations & The Cosmos), post it, and link in to our potluck, you are also allowed to link in unrelated poems. we are open Sunday, 8pm, American central time.

    We value your contribution on previous weeks, Hope to see you in.

    Let me know if you have questions.


  19. Insightful post, thanks a lot for spending the time to compose it. I like the direction you are taking your blog. I’m subscribing to your blog so I can follow along in the future. Would like to see more posts soon.

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  22. Wysteria says:

    I am in awe at some of the lines you use in your poetry. Wonderful read and I enjoyed every poem


  23. Simone says:

    I cannot wait to see the book! I’m bookmarking this to find out when it’s available!
    All the best!

  24. Scent of my heart says:

    I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and to say thank you for the support to Jingle Poetry, with you standing beside us, we are able to continue our efforts by providing the platform for poets who share and encourage…BEST wishes for the year 2011…your poetry has enlightened our community and made us smile.

    Blessings fly your way, Happy Holidays!


    Hope to see you on Sunday Poetry Potluck again, let me know if you have questions..old poems or poems unrelated to our theme are welcome..

    week 15 theme: reflections, interpretations, and musings.

    Take care!

  25. timkeen40 says:

    I can’t write poetry with any degree of effectiveness. Reading these poems makes me with I could.

    Very good indeed. I have subscribed to read more.


  26. Olivia says:

    It has been a while, hope that you have a promising and fulfilling 2011 ahead.
    We have enjoyed your support in 2010, a great big thanks here, cheers!

    We will have our 17th potluck beginning this Sunday, Hope to see you in.

    our theme this week is: “the road ahead”, but you are welcome to share old poems or poems unrelated to our theme..

    The more you share, the happier we are…
    You have been a gem to our community, keep shining with your fabulous talent and have fun!

  27. This is a wonderful showcase for your work Lilly.

  28. 2zpoint says:

    Ms. Negoi,
    I have created a facebook page for 2zpoint! It is a place for authors and artist that I know and love to come together and connect. Friends can and are encouraged to post their work or the links and share what ever they please. I am just starting this and inviting as I can…Please send a friend request to :http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100000001911936
    It says stuart steele and has my gravitar…I would send you a request but have not found you and wanted to explain the site! Peace be with you.

  29. 2zpoint says:

    Ahh! I’m such a moron that was my family site! here is the link:http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/2zpoint
    You are welcome at both though! take care!

  30. Wow! Congrat on your book!=P

    Beautiful poems you had written, will be looking forward, cheers!=D

  31. JamieDedes says:

    Liliana, this is completely wonderful. Look forward to the release of you book. Please remember to send me a press release for Sunday Rally Dispatch:

    And aren’t you fortunate to have the grace of an intro from Yel. I’m so delighted to have found her and you. You are both blessings in our lives. Poem on …

  32. “saving them for when the time is right to mourn” 🙂

  33. meirozavian says:

    Wonderful poem, nice style.

  34. Kavita says:

    To me, Scheherazade was an instant hit!! It’s written so beautifully… mysticism and romanticism drips from each word in there… amazing!
    “but how else to birth the death of moonlight at dawn?” –gosh! I fell in love with this line! What a profound thought!!

    Best luck on your book, Liliana… With poems like these, I am sure it’ll do GREAT in the literary world!

  35. Poets United says:

    Wonderful collection of poems here. So happy to have you at Poets United:)

  36. Tanith Blinn says:

    Wow this is amazing!! I really enjoyed the poem nocturne – aquarelle. You are so talented! Thank you for visiting my blog so that I would be inclined to visit yours. It was well worth the trip and the repeat ones I shall make. xoxo Nith

  37. pamela says:

    Some really beautiful writing Liliana.
    Congrats on the book! And thanks for
    visiting my blog and commenting.

  38. Kim Nelson says:

    Some moving and beautiful work, here. Best of luck on your book! I’ve got one coming out in May. Here’s a link to a post about it: http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/01/18/womans-evolution/

  39. Jingle says:

    Happy Birthday ahead…

    best regards on your book and more, cheers.

  40. budhaaah says:

    Simply beautiful and oh so relatable.
    Wishing you a very very happy birthday ! All the best.

  41. Happy Birthday, may this day be the best. And I loved reading your poems. Very nice!

  42. kathe w says:

    Best wishes on your book and Happy Birthday!

  43. Angela says:

    Beautiful work. Enjoy celebrating your birthday.

  44. Happy Birthday and all the many blessings of the day to you. You are featured here:

  45. Kim Nelson says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. I quite enjoyed.

  46. Deborah says:

    Oh my, I was completely transported. Your poems are simply beautiful, I was swept up into another world as I read … just wonderful.

  47. Beautiful poetry, Liliana, so much feelings expressed…I’m glad I came across your site.
    Have a wonderful day,

  48. Jane Ellis says:

    Hey =D
    I haven’t been lurking round here long but Muse and J.S.Wayne conned me into it! Glad I found you on here though I sometimes miss things on WP!

  49. Marissa says:

    Truly beautiful and talented writing! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! I hope you’ll accept. The award can be found at: http://marissamullins.com/wordpieces/

    Also, please check out http://www.whippoorwilljournal.com and consider submitting!Blessings, Marissa

  50. So beautiful collection of poetry, emotionally charged…it’ nice meeting you and your poems…

    I have also nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and I hope you’ll accept it

    Have a wonderful day

  51. tasithoughts says:

    What a wonderful endeavor – a book! And with your wonderful writing, Lilly…we will be privileged to be the recipient of your talent.

    I also nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can pick up the award at the following link : http://tasithoughts.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    With warmest regards,


  52. tgh111 says:

    Hey Lily, I am still learning my way around this place, but it is good to see you here as well!!!

  53. tgh111 says:

    This is Tommy by the way. lol. I didn’t realize when I set my username up, it would be shown to everyone, and now I am stuck with tgh111. lol.

  54. C. says:

    I come here on my lost and lonely days to drift through this part of you. Very Beautiful.

  55. Billions of congratulations for you and for your book!
    Have a nice party with your beloved ones and, of course, HAPPY EASTER!

  56. Jingle says:

    good luck, do let us know if you wish your book to be listed…


  57. Jingle says:

    Enjoyed this, awesome talent.
    sharing a free verse with poets rally…

    Hope to see you in!
    Have A Blessed Easter!

    claim awards in my post….

  58. Martin Lochner says:

    love the intro to your book…it seems that this is someone that really loves you !

  59. Erma Rosano says:

    I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

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