Shadowed Whispers

Paroxysms of empathy are flying thick and fast with a click,

Procuring a soul of beauty; blinded by the menacingly caustic world,

She unflinchingly clutches the split-frame as a precarious stick,

Cloaked in strings of eluding Hope; a bulwark against Life’s wrath unfurled.


Her eyes behold danger; ‘tis cast with a steely acceptance,

Embittered, her mistrust and hatred are ailing her: the Observer.

The tidings thus far have mangled her to a state of incurable repentance,

But each time she tides over to her Destiny: the Preserver.


Curved shadows of Doubt punctuatingly cut across her being,

Ah, searing through her flesh, she’s buried in barren affliction,

Plagued by the neglect, reconciled and so inured to seeing,

She resigns to her penurious fate, regressing into tribulation.


Stardom is a curious mystery that she shuns as false,

Riding on the guiles and wiles of the world that are far from few,

She gallops and totters reining in her uninhibited waltz,

Wincing past storms of Disaster, fleetingly bidding them adieu.


Nature remains impartial to her, hushing up her dreams,

As she laboriously feeds off her courage, unburdening it in torrents,

To steer through ev’ry malady, in earth’s fury of schemes,

While she’s stricken by the deadly ‘Climate of Life’ that Malawi warrants.


Her left hand engulfs and shields her resolutely clasped right,

The rest of her body is vanish’d into oblivion; she’d ne’er grasp,

As each passing day she fights off death with an agonizing fright,

Alas, her tacit whispers of Hope have endured many a tumultuous rasp.


44 responses

  1. I hope you won the contest. I like that picture and have yet to come up with something that speaks much about it.
    Your write was quite compelling :)Enjoy the potluck!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:54 am

  2. Powerful the picture and the poem. What you’ve captured here the harsh realities, the strength of this girl amazing write

    June 7, 2011 at 5:27 am

  3. What an amazing picture to accompany your poem that packs punch after punch of truth in our Western faces. Thank you for your boldness, courage and empathy. I especially like the line: “She resigns to her penurious fate, regressing into tribulation. Wow.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

    • Thanks,glad you liked it for its bitter reality.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:50 am

  4. this is really moving verse…it chills me a bit in its harsh truth and leaves me heavy…

    June 8, 2011 at 1:59 am

  5. You bring about the truth int the words you state
    Sometimes an elusive trait
    Great one shot
    Liked it a lot

    June 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

  6. Thanks Pat,glad you like it:)

    June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

  7. beautiful, the image is powerful to add credit to your words.
    best wishes.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

  8. Powerful and nice one shot!

    June 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

  9. wow beautiful and haunting – powerful piece 🙂

    June 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  10. That certainly was a very poignant read, Vishwas..
    The tortuous life of this little girl (and so many others) has been extremely well depicted here… and yet, she sees hope.. in shards.. smalls fistfuls at a time…

    Brilliantly written!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm

  11. this is a stirring write…capturing her story well…yet hope…

    July 13, 2011 at 3:34 am

  12. Paroxysms of empathy are flying thick and fast with a click,

    Procuring a soul of beauty; blinded by the menacingly caustic world,

    She unflinchingly clutches the split-frame as a precarious stick,

    Cloaked in strings of eluding Hope; a bulwark against Life’s wrath unfurled.

    I love this and don’t we all have a responsibility to act as a bulwark in this world.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:34 am

  13. Very beautiful words and meaningful image, keep up the good work my friend 🙂

    July 18, 2011 at 12:49 am

  14. powerful.

    kind dark yet amazing perspective.

    July 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

  15. Awesome, vivid, writing. Well done!

    July 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks charlesmashburn,glad you like it again:)

      July 21, 2011 at 5:32 am

  16. Powerful; very strong and accurate choice of words. Darkly profound. I loved it.

    July 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm

  17. Thanks Rigel,glad you like it:)

    July 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

  18. Well … That was nice
    Totally amazing
    BTW, Take a look on my Work ..
    and my very recent stuff …

    Happy Rally !!!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

  19. thanks for sharing it with poets rally, superb imagery.

    strong write.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  20. D

    Very powerful and moving. 🙂 I like it!

    July 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  21. Strong vocabulary–also subject matter and feeling tone.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

  22. nice imagination

    July 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

  23. and interesting

    July 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm

  24. The stark, brutal, vivid reality of your words, made even more powerful by the accompanying image. My soul catches at it. So very well done, Vishwas.

    July 31, 2011 at 12:18 am

  25. Poem and picture pack a one-two punch. Deep and powerful. Very well written.

    July 31, 2011 at 3:00 am

  26. a beautiful point made,

    lovely writing,, keep it up.

    September 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  27. Very compelling and stark. It reminded me of the many suicidal ‘stars’ that have surrendered to the terror and desperation they must feel.

    September 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  28. Very powerful poetry, like it very much.

    April 2, 2014 at 1:07 am

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