Monday, August 26, 2013

after a rain

It's hard to find some quiet in the city, but you can. You step out of the office, ignore the machines for a while, take a breather, a smoke. Read a book (yes a book, not a cell phone) in the train. Allow some time just for yourself. Solitude can refresh.

I wrote and posted this poem a few years back, on this blog. This poem was inspired by a song, November Rain.





photo by dsnake1



after a rain



sometimes

i find joy
in solitude
but do not
mistaken it
for
loneliness

because

i hear
the quiet
of leaves
      falling
like dew

feel the ebb
of sea waves
caressing
      shifting sands
unwilling yet
to yield

and i
shelter
in the dark
like bats
      seeking
moonlight

waiting

the acrid
ash
of anger
to
sink to
an abyss

then
like a rush
of fresh wind
after
     a rain
face the world

again.


03/10/06
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"Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.” 

-- Kahlil Gibran



Shared on Poetry Pantry #164 at Poets United.





© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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13 Comments:

Blogger Brian Miller said...

the quietness of leaves falling like dew...love that...and the breath after the rain....the world smells so fresh in that moment....

26 August, 2013 00:43  
Blogger Nataša Dolenc said...

i like the images, very fresh.. and november rain is a great song, no wonder it inspired you.

26 August, 2013 01:52  
OpenID turtlememoir said...

so refreshing, just like after a rain... your poem calms me, helps me breathe again after a stressful week - i too find joy in solitude...

26 August, 2013 01:57  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Excellent!
Missed you last week. You'll have to post a picture for consolation when you are not around :-)
ZQ

26 August, 2013 02:12  
Blogger Lisa A. Williams said...

Truly a lovely poem! Such a difference between the benefits of solitude and the heavy feeling of loneliness.

26 August, 2013 02:39  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

So beautiful, Lee San - I especially love "I hear the quiet of leaves falling", and the renewal felt at the end.

26 August, 2013 03:59  
Blogger Mary said...

So very true that solitude and loneliness are two different things!

26 August, 2013 04:26  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Brian,

thanks, man! glad you liked the images. :)


Natasa,

thanks! everyone seems to hear of November Rain. :)
yes, it's a great song.


turtlememoir,

thanks for visiting! :)
i think all of us needs to be alone by ourselves once a while.


ZQ,

i have to what.. ? :D


Lisa,

thank you! :)


Sherry,

thanks! i am glad you find it "refreshing". :)


Mary,

yes, people do equate one with the other.

26 August, 2013 20:46  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...



solitude heals...lovely poem.

26 August, 2013 21:18  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Sumana, it does. :)

thanks for dropping by.

26 August, 2013 23:11  
Anonymous tinman said...

November rain, classic.

29 August, 2013 00:26  
Anonymous Ravenblack said...

Awesomeness, dsnake. I feel the same way about solitude, rain and the after freshness of it.

29 August, 2013 07:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

tinman,

yes, a classic. :)


Liz,

i liked the word "awesomeness". :)
nothing beats the rain in freshening things up a bit, isn't it? especially in our type of climate.

29 August, 2013 23:37  

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