A ripple effect...

I am a spirit

yet busy in pursuing a material life.

I am a static

yet move keenly as next second strikes.


There is nothing can beat me down

yet I feel dismal for a newly fallen leaf.

Life is full of more worthwhile things to do

yet upon seeing a flower withered I grieve.

A white cloud moves into the sky

yet unable to carry away the deep-buried sorrow.

Thousands of lifetimes' searching for meaning,

It feels like just another endless tomorrow.


But I believe everything will find where it belongs.

After a gathering, a dismissal will follow.

After a heavy rain is always a rainbow.

A hardship endured from the separation,

a peaceful serenity will eventually grow.

I have seen the dawn of that real serenity.

It is a unmatchable hope,

and a never-before-have desire.


As to who am I, or I am who?

I finally get a chance to see.

A stone has thrown into the pond,

the ripple has begun.


Passion for life!

Passion for love!

Submitted: January 24, 2020

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Mike S.

Excellent poem about life, Derina!

Fri, January 24th, 2020 7:31pm


Thank you again, Mike!

Fri, March 13th, 2020 12:52pm


A lot of beautiful description, Derina. I like the way you used the ripple effect.

Fri, January 24th, 2020 7:33pm


Guess why I wrote that? : )
Thank you. (A phrase I may not be able to stop from using now.)

Fri, January 24th, 2020 12:07pm


Beautiful. Exotic... I love it

Mon, February 3rd, 2020 3:26pm


Thanks a lot!

Mon, February 3rd, 2020 7:34am

dewey green

Ripper prose mate! Onya!

Sun, February 9th, 2020 1:54pm


Thank you buddy!

Sun, February 9th, 2020 6:14am

Gloria Dale

I'm glad you also have the passion for writing as well, Derina.

Sun, March 1st, 2020 7:08pm


Yea. That is for sure. Thank you very much! Gloria!

Mon, March 2nd, 2020 11:58am

Ali Ahasan

Wonderful poem, well described about life.

Mon, June 8th, 2020 2:29pm


Thank you very much for reading. Hope to see more of your poems too! : )

Mon, June 8th, 2020 12:02pm

Mr Watson

A nice piece with an ignition of passion and re-birth , a realisation of all is not lost.

Thu, June 11th, 2020 6:11pm


Thank you for reading and commenting! I am happy to know that you are still active here. (As I picked up your writing done seven years ago. I thought you may not be on this site any more like some writers...)

Thu, June 11th, 2020 7:16pm

Sharief Hendricks

Beautiful poem Derina.

I love the imagery !!

Keep it up girl !

Wed, June 17th, 2020 9:58am


Thank you very much for reading! Apreicated. : )

Wed, June 17th, 2020 4:12am


You have explained well what life is all about, and how one should live his / her life. A nice blend of philosophy and human nature. :)

Wed, October 13th, 2021 8:52am


Thank you very much for giving it a read.

Fri, November 12th, 2021 2:44pm

Richard C. Parr

Wonderful flow in your poem. I feel like I'm there, experiencing the highs and lows, the frustration and sadness despite the moments of joy, the passing of time and the knowledge of who you are. It's like having two lives or being torn in two. You are very in touch with your soul and able to express your deep feelings. How do you do that? Beautiful!

Sat, January 8th, 2022 11:59am


Thank you very much for reading this. It was one of my early writes, it expressed our usual human experiences on how we are torn between spriual life and material life.

It was written to give message that new possibilities and perspectives about life are possible and we don't have to wallow in mud but stand and fly. Having passion for everything we do, be ourselves-- Spirual beings.

It was written after I had a "fight" with a member here, who was fatalistic which I couldn't help to change thier mind on. This poem was my last message basically, whether they get it or not was not my call. It was also my own experience too. I like to write in first person perspective to bring readers "closer". Just like how you feel you are there. "I" type of writing always makes me feel that way too.

It has been my wish that this poem brings some ripples in some readers...even just a small one. :)

Tue, January 11th, 2022 5:02am


This is beautiful. I too grieve for withered flowers. I especially enjoyed the line, “the ripple has begun.”

Sun, May 22nd, 2022 10:08pm


Glad that you liked it!

Tue, May 24th, 2022 2:11pm


Wow. This is a brilliant poem and it really speaks to me. "Who am I..." is the question of all questions as it seems. Especially in my life. I think I literally could spend thousands of lifetimes searching for the meaning of life! Great job with this.

Fri, May 27th, 2022 3:52pm


Yes! That is an often sought yet rarely answered question. You are not your name, body, car, title nor other stuff but YOU. Glad that it spoke to you.

Fri, May 27th, 2022 4:59pm

En Raiter

A lot of stones a lot of ripples a lot of changes. More life.

This was exhilarating to read. A single lifetime in a "rippling" string of many lifetimes working and grinding to manufacture meaning in a sometimes grief heavy moment.
This is wringing water from a stone. Very lovely photograph you captured here.

Tue, May 31st, 2022 4:54am


Thank you very much for this warm comment. Much appreciated.

Tue, May 31st, 2022 6:07am


Beautiful poem. I've always been fascinated with the concept of being one thing but also being the complete opposite at the same time, like a duality.

Fri, March 31st, 2023 7:56pm

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