Sunday, May 20, 2007


It has been a busy week at the office again, and I am feeling exhausted, but I think the muse came back for a visit, because I am able to come up with this poem in a matter of minutes. Plus, squeeze in a sketch.

This piece is not about mistaken identity. It's about recognising traits or features of a person you know well which you find in a total stranger. Sometimes, the memories comes back in a flood...

someone who looks familiar
image by dsnake1


is it really her
that is sitting across me
in the bus, those eyes
that nose, and lips and
slim body but

damn it!

you know
she's not here,
you're making
the girl nervous,

stop it!

and i look out of
the window, of the
moving bus,
at white clouds
in a blue sky

trying hard
not to cry.


the image is a pencil sketch on art paper, then digitally enhanced.

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Blogger floots said...

sad but beautiful
like the sketch too

21 May, 2007 01:30  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Your muse did return with a brillant memorial. Excellent poem!!

21 May, 2007 21:48  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thanks for your kind words.

thank you.
but i think the muse wandered off again. :)

22 May, 2007 00:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dsnake, I don't know where your muse usually goes, but when she comes back she always seems to bring back something really good.

I think the grief in this piece comes through your poem very vividly.

- Liz

22 May, 2007 09:43  
Anonymous gel(emerald eyes) said...

Oh, dsnake-
Your poem is so real to me; I can imagine you thinking of your dear departed wife.
I hope somehow, the recognition brought you some sweet memories more than pangs.
Your sketch is so free. Love it. The pinks are a nice touch to the innocent look.

22 May, 2007 12:37  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

i don't know where she goes to, but i will struggle to write anything if she's not around. :)

it took only a short while to come out with this one, edit it a bit, and hit the publish button.

thank you.
yes, sometimes when you thought that you have gotten over it, it comes back to remind you.

glad you like the sketch. i used to paint but i like drawing in pencils now. i guess it's cheaper. :)

22 May, 2007 20:57  
Blogger magiceye said...

...ooooh this is so beautiful.....

22 May, 2007 21:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

the words or the sketch? :D

thanks, magiceye!

22 May, 2007 22:11  
Blogger polona said...

beautiful and poignant
and a lovely sketch...

well done, dsnake (or muse,or both) :)

23 May, 2007 00:37  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

great poem -- and I love the drawing -- you're quite an artist!

23 May, 2007 13:04  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

many thanks!

thank you!
i think i have a flair for art, though i have little formal training in that. :)

23 May, 2007 22:18  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

The muse came back with a vengeance!!

I am getting back to free verse. Enough of those structured poetry.

24 May, 2007 01:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its been awhile..Im glad to be here back with your words


24 May, 2007 15:10  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi gautami,
sure she did, hit me with a beer bottle. :)

you write good structured poetry, but i think your forte is in free verse, especially when you are writing about social issues. just my 2 cents ! :)

welcome back! where have you been? :)

24 May, 2007 20:41  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Hmm. True. Read my poem "Embalmed".

26 May, 2007 02:14  
Blogger steve said...

I like this one...nice work on both the words and sketch, lots of feeling in this

26 May, 2007 07:48  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

yes, i must say that's an interesting work, from the view of someone without a voice. enjoyed reading it :)

hi steve,
thanks for your comments! glad you like the piece.

26 May, 2007 23:27  
Blogger Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Hugs dsnake!

13 June, 2007 15:05  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

oh medusa, you're back! :)
thank you!

13 June, 2007 22:34  

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