Sunday, August 29, 2021

you are stronger than you think

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

photo by Jills at pixabay

you are stronger than you think

your life is a plant of dry yellow leaves
an apartment chock-ful of hoarded junk
of boxed lunches canned drinks
it will slam you, kick you
arm-locks you to sobbing
utter total surrender
it don't take much
a little switch
a little straw
of dry powder
it drags you
like a beast
into a cave
but know it
you can beat it
take that smile
off death's face.
you are stronger than you think
ask what your gods can offer
grow wings
grow claws
light a fire
draw a line
the beast slouches back to its cave.


A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Nice poem to put one in a fighting mode
Thanks for dropping by my blog today


29 August, 2021 22:23  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

How encouraging! Sometimes we feel helpless in the face of seemingly superior strength, but your poem invites us to remember that we have hidden reserves of power that we can draw on in our times of need. Thank you.

29 August, 2021 22:54  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you. :)
fighting mood, yes! in this COVID times.

Magical Mystical Teacher,

Thank you! :)
Glad you find the words encouraging. yes, i believe all have hidden reserves of power that one can draw on in times of need.

29 August, 2021 23:15  
Blogger Khaya Ronkainen said...

A very inspiration and powerful poem. We are indeed stronger than we think, no matter the challenges we face.

29 August, 2021 23:53  
Blogger indybev said...

Yes, I wish the Covid beast would slink back to its cave! For sure!! For good!!

29 August, 2021 23:54  
Blogger colleen said...

Draw a line and light a fire, that's the best defense!

30 August, 2021 00:17  
Blogger Naledi said...

Brilliant. This made me start a warrior chant and grab a pitchfork, ready to march out my door.

30 August, 2021 00:21  
Blogger Helen said...

Amazing poetry .... simply amazing!

30 August, 2021 01:30  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

Wings and claws and a considerable amount of determination do certainly speak of strength. So, let the flying (and the clawing) begin.

30 August, 2021 08:23  
Blogger phillip woodruff (jalopy dreams) said...

yes! yes! i love this, this poem has power, you should sing this poem out load. very well written my friend.

30 August, 2021 08:46  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Very graphic! You made me feel totally at one with the world and persona portrayed. I love the metaphor of one's life being 'an apartment chock-full of hoarded junk'. So true!
Glad your protagonist emerges triumphant. (Perhaps as a dragon? 'grow wings /
grow claws / light a fire'.)

30 August, 2021 09:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you! :)
yes, most times we are not aware of that.


Thank you. :)
me too. that the COVID beast would slink back to its cave.


Thank you.
that's to show you are prepared to fight. :)

30 August, 2021 11:40  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Let's go! 😁
Thank you for the visit!


Thank you! 😀


Thank you!
yes, claws especially. 😃

30 August, 2021 11:55  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
sing this poem out loud? I'll try. 😄


Thank you!
a dragon? it didn't cross my mind. now that you said it, why not? 😃

30 August, 2021 13:40  
Blogger Rommy said...

This appeals to my fighting spirit, which has taken a bit of a bruising earlier this year. But it seems ready to stand up again.

31 August, 2021 02:59  
Blogger Graham Lester said...

I like this poem and somehow I also like the way that it is shaped on the page.

31 August, 2021 03:04  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you.
i am sure you can beat whatever is coming at you. :)


Thank you for the visit!
glad you noticed the shape. It's also written as shape poetry. It's supposed to be a screaming face profile. :)

31 August, 2021 16:55  

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