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The Rotting Wall

Friday 26 March 2010, by Tenzin Rabga

Sometimes life stings for no apparent reason,
The shining sun no longer lights your path,
The fragrance from the spring flower is missing,
The swaying willows no longer grant you their shade,

Sometimes life stings for no apparent reason,
The light of the day is darkened by the storm within,
The eyes stare blankly through people and stop at a wall,
A wall that is rotting in the bright day light
Whose cracks creep to it’s core
It’s surface covered by moss,
Underneath lay it’s self, untouched by light,
By air, by the freshness that surrounds it,
Suffocating yet not dead, it remains ever so hidden,
Beneath the green moss

Sometimes life stings for no apparent reason,
When the sunrise no longer fills heart with joy,
When it’s rays no longer strike the skin with a bundle of hope,
When the early morning chirps of birds no longer tickle the ears to life,
And when you begin today with the regrets of yesterday.

Sometimes life stings for no apparent reason,
When the aching inside becomes a part of you,
When you no longer feel alive the way you used to feel,
When every breath you take seems to exasperate the pain within,
And when every moment seems to remind you of the one that just died.

Life stings for no apparent reason,
When you start falling apart from within,
When the moss has been there for too long,
When the cracks widen with time and the core begins to stagger,
And all you can do is watch it fall apart, into pieces that would never fit together,
Ever again.

6 Forum messages

  • The Rotting Wall 22 April 2010 at 02:06

    A beautifull poem. Depicts very clearly the emotions and disappoitments that lurk in the hearts of many tibetans.

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    • The Rotting Wall 30 May 2010 at 00:39 , by dechen

      it was such emotional poem which really touches readrer’s hearts and
      looking forward to next one’

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    • The Rotting Wall 15 January 2011 at 18:07 , by Sandy

      I like the analogy and imagery of nature describing the depression the poet feels. Depression can be suffocating and also it can be motivating.The poet is crying out and I hope that someone in a nearby town can reach out to him. It is ok to feel the way you feel and there are other ways of going about your life to make you happier. The poet identifies with moss, moss is one of the strongest plants to survive, lichens live amongst the moss. They are half algae and half fungi, one can’t live without the other. It is a symbolic relationship. The poet has the power to change his life and look at it at a different angle. The poem touches the world, each of us has experienced this in one way or the other.

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  • The Rotting Wall 5 November 2010 at 03:12 , by Ngawang Chemi

    hi there, i really liked the way you’ve used some strong words like stings, rotting, storm, moss, etc to give words to your emotions. These hard words come bang on and hits the readers where it should. I loved this poem and hope to see more soon! Good luck!! Ngawang ChemiT

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  • The Rotting Wall 15 November 2010 at 04:04 , by tenzin migmar

    a very well written…touched my heart,,,well done keep it up

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  • The Rotting Wall 29 July 2011 at 07:25 , by trance in rain.

    life stings for all the reasons u clearly mentioned here. And some more.
    sometimes we are the cracks,
    sometimes the flower growing out of it.

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