Friday, December 30, 2011

for the new year

I wrote this to welcome the new year in 2008, but I guess it is still relevant today. "Welcome" may not be the correct word to describe this poem, "Cynicism" maybe, but that's me sometimes.

I am posting this for Thursday's Poets Rally Week 59.





Sunlight on Trees
photo by YunPing
image enhanced by dsnake1



will the new year



will

the new day
be

like
    water
       from
the rainfall
       that
    runs
with the
dead leaves
into
the culverts,
to be
lost,
knowing
they
cannot fight
the
pull of
gravity,

or

like the
sunrays
of the
    new
       morning,
scattering
       off
    tree leaves,
the eaves
of buildings,
    angular
       and sharp,
    filling
every corner
every crevice,
    curious,
       piercing

and free

?


31/12/07
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To my dear readers, Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2012!


© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2011

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14 Comments:

OpenID lynnaima said...

A timeless piece indeed. The formatting rocks, good job! :)
happy rally!
http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/unhinged-reconstruction-meq/

31 December, 2011 08:58  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

lynnaima,

thanks for describing this a a "timeless piece" :)

glad you like the formatting. well, it's supposed to be water flowing and sunlight scattering. :)

Have a Happy and Wonderful New Year!

31 December, 2011 21:10  
Anonymous Marbles in My Pocket said...

Timeless, for sure. Very appropriate in these times, too.
http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/another-will-be-born/

31 December, 2011 21:47  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

thank you, charles, for your comment. :)

Have a Happy New Year!

01 January, 2012 00:47  
Blogger booguloo said...

The rain is always free when it falls. It's how much we enjoy it that has a cost. Smiles...

01 January, 2012 02:04  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

wise words, booguloo.
thanks for the visit! :)

01 January, 2012 07:27  
Anonymous Snowflakes said...

this is divine.

well done.

01 January, 2012 08:52  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

thank you, Snowflakes. :)

02 January, 2012 00:18  
Blogger Taylor Boomer said...

wow.

impressed.

04 January, 2012 00:26  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

thank you. Taylor! :)

04 January, 2012 21:53  
Anonymous Elaine Danforth said...

I like your imagery and the way the format mirrors the seeking nature of the rain and the sun.

You mention cynicism in your intro-- but I see other things here, either in addition, or instead of. I might not have read this as a cynical poem at all otherwise.

Washing away dead leaves is an important cleansing part of the cycle, as is the sun's warming and drying things out.

I guess maybe you are imagining a day or a year that has too much of one or the other, which of course is a problem.

05 January, 2012 12:06  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

Elaine,

thanks for the visit! i love comments like yours because they help me to understand my own poem better. i mentioned cynicism because i am not going to write a warm greeting card type poem. when i wrote this some things were weighing on my mind so i was wondering which path the new year will take, water flowing into a dark drain or the sunlight striking everywhere. you mentioned that washing away dead leaves is an important cleansing part of the cycle. what you said is true, but it didn't cross my mind then when i wrote this, so maybe subconsciously i was really hoping for a better year. :)

05 January, 2012 23:27  
Blogger ashok said...

new year wishes!

09 January, 2012 22:35  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

thank you, Ashok. :)

09 January, 2012 22:45  

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