“Wake Her Up!” by Karima Hoisan

A young woman sleeping in a lacy gown on the clouds with a beam of light in her palm and beneath a silver arc with a lion head door knocker
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Like an actual Sleeping Beauty, asleep in the forest of her dreams,

her life and the birds outside keeping that girl dreaming a singular dream,

there was a prince who came one night, kissed her lips too soon it seems,

who perhaps sensed that no future would ever bring them together,

no scenes were written for the two of them to play off each other, 

no hope, and so why bother? He slipped away, into the dream of another. 

This beauty, still sleeping, her eyes lids fluttering, 

perhaps with some new dreams now forming.

believes what she dreams and never attempts, 

to return to the conscious state of good morning.

Unaware, a sleeping beauty in the lush forest of her dreams,

she had this dream repeatedly, remembering it so clearly:  

the feeling of being kissed wide – awake before her time.

kissed, when there was no future for two timid lovers breaching love 

kissed, yet knowing there was never a way they would play off each other,

their names were never penciled in, not even for small cameo scenes, 

until it really felt like it was too late, so why bother? Why bother?

Who votes for that dark horse of our days gone by, 

those memories that never ran?

Are they just randomly selected and we’re not the one

 in control of them, ever again?

Why now, do we dream of a face or a love 

That went down the river to be forgotten?

Who cues our thoughts, our romantic yearnings and 

Throws the net that they are caught in?

A subtle perfume, a stranger’s walk, the smell of popcorn, 

a turn of phrase might send us reeling. 

It takes but a prime for a rusty memory to wash down 

and bring up from the depths, old feelings… 

and there is that bit about chemistry,

a phenomena so powerful and lasting, yet hard to explain, 

that can make us pine and thirst,

tempt us to song and poetry and is prepared inside our brain.

The sleeping beauty deep asleep 

in the lush forest of her singular dreams.

Don’t try to touch her unless you bring a gift 

for her, to stir and open her eyes,

unless you hold that kiss, so wasted then,

back before love, way back when.

You can kiss her with music; 

You can kiss her with paintings, or words that rhyme.

You can write her a play, or a classroom of romance 

where you can teach each other the lines.

Under the sun, so they say, there is always a time, 

And perhaps hers looms one of these days

Looking at this scene from above; it’s not too late for love. 

“Wake her up! Wake her up!” I say.


Karima Hoisan is an avatar who has been a performing avatar poet for the last twelve years in virtual worlds. She gives readings of her poetry on her internet stream, accompanied by changing imagery, and music, some which have been composed by Karima herself, for a multimedia performance. Her work has been published at MasticadoresUSA and Spillwords Press. She has published her poetry as a part of the Anthology: “Wounds I healed: The Poetry of Strong Women” and also “Hidden in Childhood”. Karima lives in Costa Rica and has been blogging since 2010 at the Digital Rabbit Hole. Poetry is her passion.

She has a YouTube channel:  Karima Hoisan

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Myriam says:

    It is a superb tale.
    Sleeping beauty
    sometime never wake up
    and maybe it can be
    Better that way.

    Thank you for the nice reading 💌

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    1. Thank you so much Myriam for your kind words. Yes… sometimes they never wake up.

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      1. Karima, this is fantastic. I love your unique take.


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        1. So pleased you enjoyed a slightly different version of the Sleeping Beauty tale…Thank you too David, for leaving your comment here too. It means a lot

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  2. daleinnis says:

    A lovely and novel take! Sometimes it’s good to stay asleep (ah, sleep), yet “And perhaps hers looms one of these days”… Indeed!

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  3. Only Time will tell Dale 😉 Thank you for commenting and glad you enjoyed this “novel approach” to a well-known story:)


  4. haoyando says:

    Wow, what a beautiful concept of an avatar performing poetry with music in the background. I’ve never thought of that. I just go to YouTube and watched her a video of hers. It looks great!!!

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  5. Thank you so much for your inspiring comment Haoyando, I really appreciate you going to my YouTube too:)

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  6. Sadje says:

    Very moving poem/ story

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Thank you so much for reading it and commenting Sadje. Glad you liked it:)


  8. michnavs says:

    This is a very unique and brilliant take on love; romantic love and Sleeping beauty…i adore how you weave the fairy tale character along with the realities of loving and falling in love…

    ” Don’t try to touch her unless you bring a gift

    for her, to stir and open her eyes,

    unless you hold that kiss”

    I can read this over and over with a smile (and wondering thoughts)

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  9. Thank you so much Mich for this beautifully written comment and wow so glad you liked those lines. In our now, it’s not all about happily ever after..but love exists and when we have it in our lives, it is an amazing addition but Life itself is still worth living:) Thank you for your continual support and your very generous comments.

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  10. jonicaggiano says:

    Dearest Karima, I love that you wrote about a sleeping beauty. What does control our dreams and the thoughts of others and especially that one who is one we hope never to forget? Why does one leave us when we seem to be so happy. This lovely piece asks and answers it’s own questions really. Quite a word smith as I can feel the passion and desire and yet feel the sense of loss when one disappears and we don’t have closure. It opens up so many feelings and it is hard to let go of those feelings. We are indeed often caught in our own nets but perhaps it is better then the what ifs my dear friend. These are beautiful and deep lines that require one to think a bit outside the box, thank you for sharing your lovely work with us. So nice to see you on MasticadoresIndia. Blessings and love to you dear Karima and Happy Mother’s day sweetie. Love and hugs, Joni

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  11. A very happy Mother’s Day to you to Joni and I just love what you touched upon in this comment…So many things and you are right I do ask the questions, but maybe further down, hint at the answers. I know you will testify this is not a normal style or even theme of mine..but it’s just what wanted to come..what flowed out of me..some that are Universal BIG questions..Like why not him? Why her?…Anyway Love you lots and thank you so much for this lovely comment. I cherish it and thank you for steering me Terveen’s way:):)


  12. Layla Todd says:

    A beautiful piece of writing that encapsulates the essence of sleeping; of dreaming, of perhaps not awakening to the life we want for the people in our lives.

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  13. I love this comment too Layla..this with the one you left on my blog, lets me see how beautifully you immersed yourself in the dream of our singular sleeping beauty.. and I believe there is a time for each and all to suddenly wake up..and that time is Always the right time:) Thank you for commenting here too.


  14. What a wonderful poem Karima of beauty of the unconscious and drifting in a heavenly state. You connected the piece so well. Pleasure don’t let me wake up.. I’ve found my universe of joy in your work. Nicely done my friend! ❣️

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  15. Oh that means so much to me Cindy. Your superlatives have made me spin with joy!! Thank you my friend reading and commenting here. Hugs!!


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