Sunday, November 27, 2016

if we can come this far

It was not to be, but what if? And Time is a tough herder...

photo by dsnake1

if we can come this far

if we can
come this far

will time
forgive us

grasp tightly
what's left

what tender moments
can we salvage

like a scratchy reel
of film

a scent
a word

hold in our hearts
no dementia

no demons
can pry free

written 10.01.2009
revised 13.08.2012

Today is my birthday, & i am glad i can write about it.

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Shared on Poetry Pantry #330 at Poets United.

Song of the moment : Lady of Dreams by Kitaro and Jon Anderson.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2016

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Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh that is a very apt quote. And a thoughtful poem. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

28 November, 2016 01:02  
Blogger brudberg said...

If my heart was a diary... could I choose the letters I could ink?

28 November, 2016 01:05  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

"It was not to be, but what if? And Time is a tough herder.."

What a great way to introduce your pictorial and wonderful("at our age we are getting closer to being on the wrong side of the grass" :)flash backs; of guilt and what ifs'. Nicely written!

I somehow have past that stage, made my amends,asked for understanding, packed my bags and hope i know where the right station is to wait for the right bus :) but... still have the youthful adventure, with the scent of time, to slip into town and have a grand time while waiting... I think there is an AP to call me for that bus :)
May you be well, happy, and peaceful.

28 November, 2016 03:03  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

Good Grief! I meant to wish you a Happy Birthday! Glad you were born :)

28 November, 2016 03:05  
Blogger Mary said...

Now that is indeed quite a profound question! Will time forgive us? I wonder.

28 November, 2016 05:59  
Blogger Truedessa said...

Happy Birthday, if we can come this far, cannot we go a bit further salvaging all that was good and letting go of that which weighs one down.

28 November, 2016 07:16  
Blogger Susan Anderson said...

An evocative poem for me. I enjoyed it.

28 November, 2016 07:19  
Blogger Wendy Bourke said...

The point that we have come to - I think is the do-or-die point. Will time forgive us? If it doesn't ... it is unlikely that there will be any humankind left to take note.

28 November, 2016 08:25  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

tender moments are rare these days...sigh...

28 November, 2016 12:42  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

There is such a deep sense of emotion here in your poem.. struck a chord or two!❤️

28 November, 2016 12:57  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Very poignant.

28 November, 2016 19:07  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you for the greetings! :)


now, that's pretty profound. and lovely.
do we select only those that gave us happiness and disregard the painful ones? do we write it in black, or in blood?
yes, maybe i can write a poem inspired by the comment. :)


"at our age we are getting closer to being on the wrong side of the grass".
hahaha! but seriously, i do agree with that. also, i do believe we should think young, stay curious (forget the thing about the cat), and not to think too much about the wrong side of the grass. yet.
i was thinking about my late wife when i wrote this. she was still young when she went to the happy hunting grounds. i was wondering, how would life have turned out if she's still around.
always a pleasure to read your comments. and thank you, my friend, for the well wishes! :D


i am inclined to believe that time do not. :(


i think that's the problem with humans, because they have emotions, sometimes it's hard to let go of the baggage.
thank you for the well-wishes! :)


thank you, thanks for the visit! :)


i see you have looked at it on a different and higher level.
yes, i think the world is reaching a do-or-die point, in our relentless search for energy and food and materials. is it too late already? maybe only our grandchildren will know. bless them.


they sure are short in supply. :)


yes, that's why it was written in 2009 and only published now. i felt it was a bit too personal.


thank you! :)

28 November, 2016 20:18  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

I love the implication that there is always further to go.. no matter what

01 December, 2016 21:12  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Jae!
i like the idea too, that there is always further to go. in fact, i aim not to be defeated by the distance. :)

02 December, 2016 21:33  
Blogger A Cuban In London said...

"like a scratchy reel of film". I loved that. Very evocative. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

13 December, 2016 06:54  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hey Cuban, great to hear from you! :)
been pretty busy lately, so this late reply.

15 December, 2016 22:55  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

Happy birthday, Lee San......I enjoyed your poem. I hope 2017 is good to you.

19 December, 2016 06:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Sherry, thank you!
hope 2017 will be good to all of us! :)

22 December, 2016 22:54  
Blogger ashok said...

happy new year !

30 December, 2016 14:09  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Ashok!
Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

01 January, 2017 00:09  

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