Monday, May 20, 2013


Ah, another frantic week again.

I wrote this for the recently concluded NaPoWriMo at my other blog. After an awful day, of course.

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the leaves of spring fall
because they are too sad
they are too tired to cling on
for darkness has fallen
even in the mid-day
even the crows
keep their distance
in the bare branches
and shadows hide
in the skins of walls
frozen stiff.


"Let me walk a while alone
Among the sacred rocks and stones
Let me look in vain belief
Upon the beauty of each leaf."

-- Uriah Heep, "The Park"

Shared on Poetry Pantry #150 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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Blogger Brian Miller said...

you def capture the mood in this....the skin of walls...what an interesting way to put it in your us as houses...

20 May, 2013 01:03  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Desolate words beautifully done.

20 May, 2013 03:09  
Blogger Mary said...

I like 'skins of walls frozen stiff.' I also like it explained about why the leaves of spring fall...I think there is an analogy to humans here. Sometimes we too are just too tired to cling on! I always enjoy your contributions/participation in Poetry Pantry.

20 May, 2013 07:23  
Anonymous Lisa Williams said...

Being tired certainly can make things seem dismal. A very profound and moving poem.

20 May, 2013 10:46  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


I think this is a moody piece too. And I am glad that you can see this as "like us as houses.." :)


Thank you! Desolation can be beautifully captured too, right? :)


You are right. This is an analogy to humans here. This is more than a description of a physical condition. It's about depression, and the effect on the person suffering from it, and the caregiver.

I think it is one of the more sensitive poems I have written.

20 May, 2013 13:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful, eerie, and so melancholy and it coincides perfectly with the weather outside

20 May, 2013 16:53  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


moody weather, huh?
thanks for visiting. :)

20 May, 2013 21:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very moving poem.

21 May, 2013 00:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this one.A mood of quiet despair but things can with the wind. Lovely imagery.

Cressida de Nova

21 May, 2013 11:24  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

McGuffy Ann, Cressida,

Thank you for the kind comments. :)

21 May, 2013 22:09  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Yikes, I had to look out my window and was hoping to find the Spring sun. Yup, it was there.
A very nice capture of the mood.

24 May, 2013 05:57  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Yes, it's still there (and a very hot day today too). :)

Thanks, ZQ!

24 May, 2013 22:48  

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