Sunday, December 15, 2013

a fragment from the past

It has been very insane past weeks in the office, and bad days make me angry and quiet and think of the past, and write poetry (after the video games).

I took out a poem-in-progress, did a big overhaul over the weekend. I guess it can still be better, but here it is.

image by dsnake1, done with pencilmadness

a fragment from the past

do you have the feeling
that you have
been there
déjà vu, some called it
but it's not really whole,
some bits here
a little nuance
a little piece of jigsaw

a voice,
a peal of laughter
in the bus,
the shape of a nose
a dress,
a pair of legs in a short skirt

as if
a fragment from the past
had escaped
the confines of time
punched through
a torn fabric
a membrane
a tangent from
a spiral of the marching clock

i look hard
trying to see clearer
to comprehend

if she's
really back

and the person
across from me
is embarrassed
she thinks i am mad
or worse
a pervert

and then



lonely again
in a city
storming headlong
its destiny

written 18/05/2013
revised 13/12/2013

"i thought i hear your voice in the wind
but it was just me whispering your name."

-- dsnake1, i thought i hear your voice in the wind

Shared on Poetry Pantry #180 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2013

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Blogger Brian Miller said...

smiles...there are def those people who are so strong in our memories....we think we see them again after losing them....and yeah, that can get uncomfortable...but this is def a real feeling....

16 December, 2013 01:19  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

This poem does have an urban feel to it, which goes with the name of your blog.......I know that feeling, of a fragment from the past. Cool write!

16 December, 2013 01:31  
Blogger Natašek said...

I love deja vu's... and this poem has a different approach to it. liked it a lot.

16 December, 2013 02:40  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh you have written the feeling of deja vu so very well. It really is eerie, I think, when you see someone you think is someone from the past...and you wish they were...but they aren't. Always good to see you on Sundays!

16 December, 2013 06:39  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

the last section is poignant...

16 December, 2013 18:28  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


you had it spot on. and yes, it can get uncomfortable. :)


"urban feel".
thank you! :)


thank you! :)


I am always looking forward to Sundays, though sometimes i may need to work too. :)


thank you! :)

16 December, 2013 20:57  
Blogger Pealogic said...

It was a great read. I never felt it myself, but many of my friends have told me London life can be like this.

17 December, 2013 01:11  
Blogger scotthastiepoet said...

Lovely sentiment here and very well written - really enjoyed this... With Best Wishes Scott

17 December, 2013 05:21  
Blogger ZQ said...

Well written. I think this is very good.
As the experience goes I've been there(as you reminded me) but thinking about you and drinking a dark roast coffee I'd offer you a beer and alI I could say is "poor bastard" :-)

17 December, 2013 08:51  
Blogger Aditi said...

Certain smells, sounds, a fragment of just something can bring back memories of a certain someone...loves the way you wrote this!!

17 December, 2013 15:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you. maybe it's easier to experience this in a big city. it is said exhaustion can bring about it. :)


thank you! nice to hear from you. :)


gimme a couple more beers.


thanks for the visit. :)
yes, it does. and the trigger can be just small things.

17 December, 2013 22:18  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

I could relate to a very strange way...

iced desire

17 December, 2013 22:27  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

gautami, so good to hear from you. :)

17 December, 2013 22:45  
Blogger TALON said...

Déjà vu can be just like that...unsettling...a little annoying...a bit of memory-style grasping at straws. A tight and awesome write.

18 December, 2013 00:02  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Talon. :)
yes, it can be. un-nerving even.

18 December, 2013 07:10  
Blogger ashok said...

i always want to write a poem on de javu...liked this !

19 December, 2013 17:38  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Ashok.
go for it! :)

19 December, 2013 22:12  
Blogger Unknown said...

You have written a beautiful poem on deja vu.Though it scares me at times...Keep writing dear.
I really enjoyed the write.

Best wishes

23 December, 2013 22:51  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Ankita.
it does not frighten more than it fascinates me. like watching a replay. or maybe i am just too tired. :)

24 December, 2013 22:05  

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