Sunday, April 04, 2021

what is darkness, if not light fleeing?

What is grief, if not love persevering?
-- TV miniseries WandaVision

digital art by dsnake1

what is darkness, if not light fleeing?

What will you say when your heart dies? It grieves, cries,
is not dead, beating, but is dark anyway, do you get that?
Darkness blinds you and dries you to a shriveled husk, and
if nothing else, a razor cut to the wrists, surrendering.
Not a day goes by with darkness, hunting, squeezing, driving
Light, the keeper of compassion, joy and hope, but now
fleeing, until one day it remembers, and burns the darkness.


This is a prompt from SingPoWriMo 2021 for day 2 (our local version of NaPoWriMo).
We are asked to write a poem with a title that takes this form: What is (noun1), if not (noun2) (continuous verb)? [see the preamble] The poem will attempt to answer the question set out by this title. Or not.

I wonder, is there a name for the form of this poem?

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

Such vivid, beautiful, troubling, and true imagery. So much of this lately--darkness scaring the light away, swallowing hope's song... I seriously hope that the burning of soul eating darkness gets here soon.

Also, I really love the prompt (saving it for future use).

04 April, 2021 22:24  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Magaly!
i usually don't do much prompts, but i thought this one was interesting. There are some really good poetry & poets in that fb group.
don't think i will do a poem a day, but will try to write more during this 'cruel' month. :)

04 April, 2021 22:43  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

"Light, the keeper of compassion, joy and hope, but now"
A lovely image
Thanks for dropping by my blog today

much love

05 April, 2021 01:35  
Blogger Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost said...

An intense poem that asks the reader to consider the tough questions. I'm glad you shared it, and I'm glad that I read it.

05 April, 2021 05:08  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I too think this a wonderful prompt, and one to remember for future use. And how beautifully you responded to it! Wonderful poem, too.

In the Goddess group I belong to, we sing at Winter Solstice (while circle dancing) 'Light, return to us! Light, return to us! In our darkest hour, return to us.' While your poem is about emotional light and dark, it also puts me in mind of the seasonal changes. As Shelley said, 'If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?' We hope so, anyway.

05 April, 2021 05:34  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you! :)


Thank you. :)
yes, life's tough questions.


Thank you!
i thought it would be a challenging prompt, but i wrote it in a short period (the muse was very kind). in fact, i wrote two, another one with the same title as the preamble.
i really loved that Shelley quote, 'If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?'. Perhaps this quote can be used as a future prompt by changing the 2 nouns, as in this prompt. :)

05 April, 2021 20:43  
Anonymous colleen Looseleaf said...

Truth and love win. But a lot germinates in darkness.

05 April, 2021 23:27  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Colleen!
i do agree with that.

06 April, 2021 00:16  
Blogger indybev said...

Darkness --- the absence of light. We are sent the moon in the darkness to remind of us light

06 April, 2021 02:31  
Blogger Rommy said...

I've come back to read and re-read this one several times. It really hits home with my state of mind as of late. Though like Colleen, I appreciate that a lot germinates in the darkness, and I find comfort in it, if I allow myself to go still enough.

Also, that Wandavision quote is one of my favorites.

06 April, 2021 06:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


like your quote : 'We are sent the moon in the darkness to remind of us light'.
Thank you! :)


Thank you, and take care.
yes, that WandaVision quote is a great quote.

06 April, 2021 09:07  
Blogger Revived Writer said...

I really like this

07 April, 2021 06:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Revived Writer! :)

07 April, 2021 20:36  

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