Sunday, March 31, 2013


Maybe it was the pain of seeing someone close slipped into depression. And knowing that there was not much I could do to halt the slide. So this was a howl from both sides, the one on the outside and the one in the cage.

I wrote this poem for NaPoWriMo 2011, in a short burst of...inspiration, and without much revision.

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it is not edvard munch's humanoid in pain
not a wimp's first roller coaster ride.
not when a foot steps on a krait in the grass
nor even a werewolf on a full moon night

but from depths so abysmal so soundless
edvard munch's scream is like a smile.


Edvard Munch's The Scream.

"The wall was too high as you can see
No matter how he tried he could not break free"

-- Pink Floyd, Hey You.

Shared on Poetry Pantry #144 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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Blogger Brian Miller said...

dang...when munch's scream is a smile, that is some serious pain....

01 April, 2013 00:28  
Blogger Mary said...

Your poem packs a punch. Really speaks to the depth of depression that the person you knew was sinking into. Hard to powerlessly watch, I am sure.

01 April, 2013 00:37  
Blogger aka_andrea said...

So simply stated, the helplessness one feels when there is nothing they can do.

01 April, 2013 01:44  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Powerful words excellently done.

01 April, 2013 02:45  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

Love the idea of the howl from both sides of the cage. Clever.

01 April, 2013 03:26  
Blogger Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I think there is much truth here. Depression is a terrible thing sometimes and its pain--well, I can relate--well done!

01 April, 2013 03:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chillingly effective.

01 April, 2013 05:08  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow, that's a very telling comparison!

01 April, 2013 18:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


oh yes, it is. :(


it is bad for the heart.


helpless is the word.


thank you! :)


yes, both sides are suffering.


yes, it is a terrible beast.


thank you. :)


it is? thanks for the "wow"!

01 April, 2013 20:54  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Such beautiful writing...Loved it.....

inside that bowl, I see the whole world

02 April, 2013 23:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hi gautami, it's great to hear from you! :)

02 April, 2013 23:29  

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