Saturday, December 31, 2016


It has been quite a bleary year, but still kind.

image by dsnake1, done with Sketchpad 4.0


as footprints in the sand
that will be erased by the tides
so do the past years go

and do we appreciate we lived
a little longer
by a leap second?

we do make very strange decisions as a collective
so the guns are no more silent as last year's
the princess of the galaxy is gone
we do fear the ceiling falling
the want ads are ambiguous
there is no more beer
in the fridge

but let us not be anchored down
by fear and apathy
fear of the other
fear of the unknown
we will live
for the tomorrow
for the sunlight
for the ones we cared.
deep roots do not fear frost


Happy New Year, dear readers! May the new year be healthy and kind and cheerful. 😁

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2016

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

deep roots do not fear frost... love the positivity.

01 January, 2017 21:36  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

yes ringing out fear and ringing in hope...that's the thing to do now...a happy new year to you Lee San :)

01 January, 2017 22:42  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

"Deep roots do not fear frost" is a wonderful line. We do need to stay rooted in these times. Hope the new year is good to you, Lee San.

01 January, 2017 22:46  
Blogger Vinitha Dileep said...

Lovely lines. May this year be filled with smiles and hopes. :)

02 January, 2017 00:54  
Blogger Luk Lei said...

At the least, here is to a 2017 with at least beer in the fridge :)

Beautiful write as always, Happy New Year!

02 January, 2017 01:01  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

I so love the optimism that shines here. I agree its been a hard year for all of us but then tomorrow is a new day, let us hope for better things. Happy New Year!❤️

02 January, 2017 05:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you!
inspired by a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien :"Deep roots are not reached by the frost". :)


thank you!
i shall take one step at a time, not to get rushed too easily (is that a resolution?) :D


have a blessed new year!
yes, need to stay rooted, to ride out whatever storm is thrown at us. :)


thank you! may your year be filled with smiles and hopes too! :)
thank you for the visit!

Luk Lei,

ah, it's good to see you again!
i have stocked up again. i always raise a glass (or a can) to the new year. :D
Happy New Year!!


thank you!
i think we need a great dash of optimism and sunshine in the new year. yes, tomorrow is a new day and let's hope it will be better.
have a Happy New Year! :)

02 January, 2017 09:08  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

A bleary year but you bring perfect focus in your closing lines - on we must voyage.. happy new year to you ds..

02 January, 2017 18:27  
Blogger totomai said...

Happy New Year, dsnake!

So true, 2016 maybe a not so good year, we should not forget it right away. It could be an inspiration to all of us as we meet 2017.

02 January, 2017 20:43  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

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02 January, 2017 20:45  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Jae! onward we must go! :)

it seems like i went through the last year without any direction or focus..

02 January, 2017 20:48  
Blogger Myrna R. said...

This is a lovely poem. I am grateful for the time I spent reading it, for the time you spent writing it and for how it impacts how I spend my time making better choices - I hope. Thank you for this inspirational, beautiful poem. Have a wonderful New Year.

02 January, 2017 23:46  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, totomai! :)
personally, 2016 is not so bad a year, but taken as a whole it's another matter. yes, we should not forget it right away, it can still hold lessons for us..

02 January, 2017 23:54  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Myrna, for your inspiring comment.
it is comments like this that tells me the time spent writing it is worthwhile, that i am able to touch someone with my thoughts.

have a blessed and beautiful new year! :)

03 January, 2017 00:05  
Blogger annell said...

Beautiful poem, beautiful ending.

03 January, 2017 01:29  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I like this combination of honest appraisal and positivity. Great final line!

03 January, 2017 05:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


thank you!
inspired by a line from J.R.R. Tolkien. 😁

03 January, 2017 20:55  
Blogger annell said...

Love that last line!

03 January, 2017 23:24  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

annell, thank you! 😁

04 January, 2017 20:26  
Blogger Susan said...

I fear the frost of fear that keeps us home with the six packs feeling blessed with more life while the planet falls apart!. Power Poem.

05 January, 2017 01:23  
Blogger Wendy Bourke said...

The end of a very tough year. But we must soldier-on - now is not the time to allow ourselves to become anchored down by fear and apathy. We must remind ourselves that many - in the past - managed to turn the tide on dark days, by continuing to push on with hope in their hearts.

05 January, 2017 10:22  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


your comment provides another perspective to the poem. that to be apathetic is akin to be a accessory to the crime.
yes, we cannot be the ostrich head in the sand while the predators circle us.


it was a tough year, in many ways. some are already predicting doom for the coming years.
but let's not be disheartened by the naysayers. yes, even in the dark days, the tides can be turned.

05 January, 2017 21:00  
Anonymous JAMSHED AZMI said...

Very nice post here. Thanks for sharing. Well written.

06 January, 2017 19:46  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Jamshed. thanks for the visit! :)

06 January, 2017 21:39  

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