Sunday, July 08, 2018

the four sisters

This is a painting by the artist Rick Mobbs. Over a decade back, Rick offered on his blog a weekly image prompt for us wannabe writers to ponder over it. He called the project The Storybook Collaborative. Those images are paintings that he had done, and out of it were some very good poems.

The below poem has been sitting in my thumb drive for some time. Perhaps I took too long to ponder?

painting by Rick Mobbs

the four sisters

"Can we not raise our hands in anger?
beat our swords into ploughshares instead?"

and Peace
raises her hands and releases the white petrel
where it circles the storm clouds

says Hope
and the golden flame in her hand
flickers but still burns strongly in the wind

says Love
and the stalk of red rose
bends with the wind but does not break

says Faith
and her hands cup the the sunrise
weighing the golden orb of the growing sun

and they look at the grey skies turning black
the sea sneering and scattering the dunes

and they are not afraid.

written 10/09/2010
revised 08/06/2018

And if you think the dark clouds will clear : Pink Floyd, A Great Day for Freedom

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2018

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Blogger Mary said...

I am glad you brought this poem to us today. We need to listen to these 'sisters' named Peace, Hope, Love, and Faith. We all must keep up the good fight....and not be afraid of the grey skies. We must work hard though that they do not blacken further. I hope there is still time.

09 July, 2018 00:33  
Blogger Sherry Marr said...

Such beautiful imagery. And what hopeful sentiments. I wish for all of those things. Just beautiful, Lee San.

09 July, 2018 00:48  
Blogger C. Sandlin said...

love this, the rhythm and insistence on response

09 July, 2018 02:18  
Blogger Therisa's World said...

I love your use of Love, Hope, Peace, and Faith as 4 sisters. Especially, as I never look at Peace being feminine, more a part of Faith and Hope. Thank you, for sharing this poem.

09 July, 2018 02:37  
Blogger indybev said...

Oh my! This is perfection!

09 July, 2018 03:15  
Blogger Susan said...

owOOOOOOOO! They are not afraid. And yet, despite them, the end might come. And yet they live and hold each other and act. This is the paradox of our time.

09 July, 2018 05:57  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

WOW! You were at the place then... Excellent piece.

09 July, 2018 09:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


keep up the good fight, we must. :)


some prompts are like that, they inspire. it was a very good painting. Peace, Love and Hope came almost immediately to the mind. Faith came a little later. :)


thank you! :)


in Greek or Roman mythology, Peace is often personified as female. but anyway, the end result is what we are looking for.
thank you for the visit. :)


thank you! :)


true, we live in uncertain times. but we have Hope. :)

09 July, 2018 09:46  
Blogger Sarah Russell said...

We need this sentiment more than ever. Peace, Love, Hope, Faith. I feel the sisters being shunned by our leaders. Thanks for reminding us that they are there.

09 July, 2018 11:09  
Blogger annell said...

I like what you did with this!!

09 July, 2018 20:37  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


i was? ;)


thank you. Our leaders are courting dominance, power & money. :(

09 July, 2018 21:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, annell. :)

09 July, 2018 21:10  
Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, we so desperately need those four sisters.

09 July, 2018 22:14  
Blogger gillena cox said...

Its interesting that these four sisters are featured here together. Very often we tend to burden obe or the other. Luv the harmony that they bring to your poem and in turn to us readers

Happy you dropped by my Sunday Standard this week


09 July, 2018 22:35  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

Omg omg this is SO beautiful!💜 Unforgettable write! 😀

09 July, 2018 22:48  
Blogger Carrie Van Horn said...

I love the voice and life you have given to faith hope love and peace. Truly inspiring!!

10 July, 2018 01:31  
Blogger magiceye said...

Sensitized outrage

10 July, 2018 10:26  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


yes, more so in these tough times.


it was a picture prompt, and the names sort of all came together. :)


thank you! :)


thank you. this piece has been sitting in my thumb drive for some time, and i thought there is no better time to bring it out now. :)


glad to see you! :)

10 July, 2018 21:31  
Blogger A Cuban In London said...

Gorgeous. Thanks. :-)

11 July, 2018 05:36  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I am glad these sisters are not afraid, unlike many if us. No doubt they can help us to overcome our fear too, if we embrace them.

11 July, 2018 06:54  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! :)


we need all the help we can. :)

11 July, 2018 21:37  
Blogger Unknown said...

I absolutely love this! I am 1 of 4 sisters...we each are stronger. This speaks to me about the world and it speaks to me about my sisters. May I share this?

19 November, 2018 00:15  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Unknown reader, thank you for the visit! Glad you liked the poem. Please feel free to share it. :)

19 November, 2018 17:55  

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