Sunday, February 03, 2013

a prayer for the year of the snake

It is another week before the Lunar New Year. To the Chinese diaspora, it is one of the biggest days in our calendar.

I still have lots to do, getting new clothes, spring-clean the house, stock up on food and drinks, and there's only a week to do.

The past years haven't been too kind, personally. I pray for good health and happiness for my family in this coming new year. I ask for harmony and reconciliation. This poem is not your typical festive poem, even dark, but it was written from the heart.

And yes, to all my readers everywhere, "Gong Xi Fa Cai"! :)

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a prayer for the year of the snake

the wind must blow gently
i, we must make this peace
it is tiring, very tiring
to always clench your fist
remember to at least
let go, even for a while
and then just listen
not just the whisper
of the breeze
but through
the babble
the demon screams
in the head
just listen
the strings
of the heart

remember, before,
you were moved
a baby's cry in the night
the shuffle of little feet
little voices reciting poetry
and you laughed

the wind must blow gently
i, we must make this peace.


Shared on Poetry Pantry #135 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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Blogger Mary said...

A very thoughtful poem. I do appreciate poems that are written from the heart. Thank you for your heart-felt share.

Indeed sometimes making peace IS tiring. And the 'clenching of the fist' can indeed be tiresome. I do wish for you that in this, the year of the snake, the wind will blow much more gently through your life! Peace.

03 February, 2013 22:46  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you Mary, for your kind words. :)

03 February, 2013 23:07  
Blogger Kim Nelson said...

You illustrate the truth within peace, the personal, internal shift that is first required on an individual level. Then it grows. and grows. Lovely writing, today.

04 February, 2013 01:20  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

you are right in that we must make this peace....its not an easy fight but we must take it up...i hope that heart continues into your new year man...smiles.

04 February, 2013 07:10  
Blogger Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I do hope that things continue to get better for you--lovely, lovely write

04 February, 2013 13:05  
Anonymous Ravenblack said...

It's puzzling how one clings on to thing that hurt sometimes. A good prayer for properly moving on.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you, dsnake!

04 February, 2013 15:58  
Blogger rallentanda said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!
I wish you
soft breezes
and calm
for this year

04 February, 2013 16:59  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! i was at first hesitant to post this. too personal, i thought. :)


thanks for the encouragement. i will take the fight into the new year. :)


thank you! i hope so too. :)


Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too!
there are reasons people clings on to things and we may never know them all.

hope you have a wonderful new year. :)


thank you! i sure need loads of those. :D

05 February, 2013 00:11  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

ah you fooled me...smiles...nothing new up back in a bit to see...smiles.

12 February, 2013 02:54  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

sorry about that, Brian. :)

i was too busy during the New Year to write or post anything. still, managed to sneak a few visits at my fave blogs. hope to post something soon. :)

12 February, 2013 21:18  
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