Sunday, November 25, 2007

Repost : Rain&Night

Tied down by work this week, so I will make do with a repost. And I will be taking a short break from blogging again. :)

photo by ronnieb
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lightning roll lazily across the night sky
     like bad fluorescence,
the sky, blushing palely then,
meets this sudden outburst of light
like startled lovers
     & blushes again.

the rain, beating its sleep song on apartment blocks,
     lashes on plastic awnings,
grime caked walls, as
a bamboo of clothes fluttered on one high floor
forlorn, defeated.

down below on the playground
     devoid of children,
no sounds of taunts, laughter
but the drum roll of thunder.
the metal slides, the ladders, the rusted monkey rails,
like exposed fossilized bones of beasts long gone,
     thrusting out of rock.

a wet mongrel , growling
     lurches across this wastescape
its howl, a puny protest
against the thunder
     that rocked across the sullen night sky...

9.10 pm, 15-Nov-1977
revised 28-Sep-2005
© dsnake1

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Blogger polona said...

the drearyness of a stormy night comveyed perfectly...
take care!

26 November, 2007 01:42  
Blogger floots said...

my landscape may be different but i know that rain
especially liked that final stanza
thank you

26 November, 2007 16:18  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you. it was a long time ago, but i still remembered that it was a very cold night.

different landscapes, but the same rain. :)

27 November, 2007 22:46  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

Rains at times are very scary. And I do love the rains.

That last stanza is very good.

28 November, 2007 22:07  
Blogger 'soulless' said...

Makes me think of fortuitous events. Sky-related. The weatherman can only do so much. Good thing we have writers to chronicle their coming and passing.

I like watching lightning streak across the night sky, from my bedroom window. "Like bad fluorescence" is thus very vivid to me.

Nature has a way of making us listen, by interrupting or squeezing a slot in our busy schedules. Can't do anything about it. Then again, power outages can mean quality time for storytelling, or for candlelit dinners. :)

29 November, 2007 04:24  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you!

at this time of the year, you should be getting a lot of rain in your country too. :)

thank you for your comments.

i wrote this a long time ago, and what i remembered was, the night was very cold, and this was what i tried to capture in this write.

yes, Nature certainly has a way of making us listen. There seems to be more news of her wrath lately.

30 November, 2007 00:29  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Sometimes a bright blast of lightning is a good thing...,but, maybe it's best not to see what's in the dark.

03 December, 2007 00:02  
Blogger GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

like this poem alot, especially the last stanza-I could hear it!

Quite a visual story! Strong descriptive words.

03 December, 2007 16:56  
Anonymous passerby said...

abt the GPA, they shud haf contacted u by now shud u win right?

i dont know. when did gilbert koh receive his call to attend the ceremony 2 yrs ago?

a week earlier? a day earlier? when is the ceremony anyway. by the way gd luck.

03 December, 2007 19:14  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

glad to see you are back. :)

yes, maybe sometimes it's best to leave the dark alone.

hi GEL,
thank you!
glad you like this work. :)

03 December, 2007 19:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi passerby,
thanks for your comments.

about the results for GPA 2007, i guess i am as much in the dark as you. :) i thought i read somewhere that the results will be announced on 5th Dec. 2007, (not sure the NAC or SWF website) but that statement is not there anymore. There doesn't seem to be much updates on GPA 2007, isn't it?

anyway, i don't think i win anything, otherwise the organisers should have contacted me by now. cannot be last minute like that. :)

i can write to gilbert koh to ask him about it, but it is kind of a bit latish. anyway, thanks for your kind wishes. :)

03 December, 2007 20:08  
Anonymous passerby said...

well dont give up. no harm asking gilbert how these things work. yes not many updates, wonder why

03 December, 2007 21:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi passerby,

i thought the winners should have been notified by now. :)
yes, no harm asking gilbert how this things work. maybe i will do that.

03 December, 2007 22:48  
Blogger magiceye said...


14 December, 2007 14:06  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, magiceye!

15 December, 2007 22:46  

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