Sunday, July 04, 2021

these are days

some days, an elephant sits on you...

photo by Maike und Bjorn Brõskamp at pixabay

these are days

in the news feed today the coronavirus had taken
a couple more of thousand lives

other countries seem far away, their names distant
and hard to pronounce

a crow looks at you from the top of a lamp post
cawing with mad laughter

we walk into days like this, like a trap-door
sprung, soaking with sweat

a guy calls at you from across the street and says
hi but your name is not johnny

looks like the morning you are looking for has
gone to the Colosseum with the lions

a garbage truck thunders past its vile breath
dusting you at the bus stop

the stray cat on the floor opens one eye and looks
at you, and closes it again.

written : 27/03/21
revised : 14/05/21

Drop's - Tシャツと涙 (T-shirt and Tears)

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Gillena Cox said...

"looks like the morning you are looking for has
gone to the Colosseum with the lions"

My favourite lines. Luv this mornibg contemplation, and those laughing crows, and that vile breath from the garbage thrucks. This one's a winner.
Happy you dropped by my blog today


05 July, 2021 01:40  
Blogger colleen said...

It's THAT crazy. My favorite line is: looks like the morning you are looking for has
gone to the Colosseum with the lions

05 July, 2021 07:59  
Blogger Old Egg said...

And such is life! 18 months or more of Covid and there are still countries with hundreds of cases.

05 July, 2021 09:22  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

I really like the vividness of each couplet. They feel like photographic flashes. And the image of the cat lingers...

05 July, 2021 10:04  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you! :)


yah, some days are. :)
Thank you!


yes, such is life.
our neighbouring country's situation is getting worse. As for us, our cases are back to single digits, and the leaders are declaring that we must live with the virus. like that with the common flu.

05 July, 2021 14:11  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
i like that cat image too. :)

05 July, 2021 14:13  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, (as you might guess) I absolutely love this style of poetry – the tone, the throwaway lines, everything. Not to discount the seriousness of what you are saying; in fact the slightly surreal images seem to bring that home even more than a literal depiction might have done ... and certainly take us straight into the speaker's feelings, without ever mentioning them.

05 July, 2021 20:50  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rosemary.
i am glad you are able to see the 'structure' of the poem, despite my being not too great a fan of structured poetry. this is also in a way a list poem, listing all the 'bad' things that had encountered before. not too positive a poem, but telling it like it is. :)

05 July, 2021 21:15  
Blogger magiceye said...

So much happening. Great observations.

05 July, 2021 22:11  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, magiceye! :)

05 July, 2021 22:26  
Blogger rallentanda said...

Yes you've captured the prevailing global mood....Surreal....Stay safe...find small things to bring a little smile like a lovely ripe mango...we have to wait until Christmas...)

06 July, 2021 00:15  
Blogger Debi Swim said...

So many fabulous images, the Colosseum, the crow and finally the cat... I find this form hard to do but you seem to have mastered it.

06 July, 2021 19:40  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


a lovely ripe mango is perfect for the day. sweet, and like the sun. :)


Thank you!
Not really hard, just watch out for the length of the lines. :)

06 July, 2021 21:26  
Blogger Helen said...

Day after day after day ... you tell it as it is. I enjoyed your poem!! Well done.

06 July, 2021 23:58  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Helen! :)

07 July, 2021 00:19  
Blogger A Cuban In London said...

What a gorgeous poem. What I loved the most was the capacity to observe. Astounding.

Greetings from London.

09 July, 2021 03:22  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Mario!
ah yes. to see the smallest details, & write about them. :)

09 July, 2021 13:36  
Blogger Rajani Rehana said...

Mind blowing post

11 July, 2021 19:55  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rajani! :)

11 July, 2021 23:12  

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