Sunday, December 31, 2017


Recently, I came across a video of a youth orchestra and choir. And in those young earnest faces, I wish to see the hopes of the coming year. Not a kid cradling a kalashnikov in some ruined town, or one begging for food in some urban slum. 2017's path has been lined with bramble and bracken. We fight beasts with puny weapons. Lies are taken as truths. This has been the terror of uncertain days. One more mistake. Just one more! The Pinball Machine tilts! And it is game over, no reset buttons, no credit slots.

Have a safe and peaceful 2018, friends!

digital drawing by dsnake1, with pencilmadness


the dawn light lands on my face and slides across the worn linoleum floor.



here's another preamble that's longer than the poem. :)

"Help me, Goddess, to be the always hopeful..."

-- dsnake1, prayer

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2017

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Blogger totomai said...

This is a very peaceful read. I hope we can have a better year and a better world ahead. Happy New year.

31 December, 2017 21:31  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

All we want is peace. we are hoping against hope this coming year. Happy New Year Lee San :)

31 December, 2017 21:34  
Blogger rallentanda said...

Brilliant haiku. Happy New Year !

31 December, 2017 21:52  
Blogger Mary said...

I think in these troubling times we have to find these peaceful and earnest scenes -- like that of the youth orchestra and choir. We cannot let them be overtaken by more troubling scenes. We cannot lose hope as we work for a more peaceful time for all. Always good to see you!

31 December, 2017 22:19  
Blogger brudberg said...

I have hope that 2018 will be a lot better than 2017... indeed there is so much at stake so it simply has to improve.

31 December, 2017 22:51  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you, and have a Happy New Year! :)


ah, all we want is peace. Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!


i hope to be posting more regularly this year. (no, not a resolution)
i guess we all have to be hopeful. ride out the storms, make some noise. :)


it has to be improved on. let's hope 2018 will be better.
Have a Happy New Year!

01 January, 2018 00:39  
Blogger Sherry Marr said...

I agree, with every word, and I love that peace, sliding across the floor.

01 January, 2018 01:06  
Blogger hyperCRYPTICal said...

Your haiku is gentle and beautiful, peace in itself.
I do hope 2018 proves better - it has to!
Have a wonderful New Year!
Anna :o]

01 January, 2018 02:00  
Anonymous Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Holding onto hope is my saving the light is turning and the full moon is illuminating that which is true and good....may we find that peace in 2018!

01 January, 2018 02:32  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is such a heartfelt write. I hope 2018 proves to be better than 2017! Wishing you light and joy :)

01 January, 2018 02:47  
Anonymous Sarah Russell said...

This is my hope too, Happy New Year!

01 January, 2018 08:29  
Blogger Toni Spencer said...

A lovely write. I hope the year ahead is full of peace and hope for us all.

01 January, 2018 09:34  
Blogger Old Egg said...

Sadly we are but consumers on puppets strings that will see the truth only when it is too late
assuming we will jump on a spacecraft and live happily on a nearby dead planet nearby. What fools we are.

01 January, 2018 14:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


it was an image from my younger days, when my life seems to be in limbo. i was trying to write a new year poem when the image just flashed across the mind. :)


thank you! Have a Happy New Year! :)


i think in such tough times, it is good to hold onto hope.
Have a Happy New Year! :)


thank you! wishing you light and joy too. :)


Thank you for visiting. Happy New Year!


thank you! may all our wishes be granted in the new year.


i think consumerism has made slaves of most of us. like it or not, it is hard to escape the clutches of it. unless, yes, we are on a nearby dead planet. even then, we may not be too surprised to see a billboard there.
let's can it for a while and look forward to the new year. Cheers! :)

01 January, 2018 16:45  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

It's gorgeously written, all of it. I think you could make it a haibun (shifting the happy new year message to a separate thing, after the haiku).

02 January, 2018 11:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

now, why didn't that dawn on me?
Thanks, Rosemary. that's what i like about the community. one never stops learning. :)

02 January, 2018 17:11  
Blogger Bekkie Sanchez said...


04 January, 2018 00:59  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Bekkie! :)

05 January, 2018 10:21  

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