The white beacon

Today’s poem is an inspirational piece. It was inspired by the many lotus flowers I saw on my outing today. The white lotus flowers were really beautiful.

 

A beautiful white lotus flower in Clearwater Sanctuary, Perak.

A beautiful white lotus flower in Clearwater Sanctuary, Perak.


The white beacon

The first time I laid eyes on you
Your beauty took my breath away
Delicate charm, fresh as morning dew

The vision of you shone, bright as day
Your snowy petals, unfurling
A beacon, lighting the way

All that is pure, symbolising
All that is wholesome and good
Your splendor is uplifting

As well as you could
You grew and flourished in the mud
Of the lake in the woods

Rising up to the surface; a bud
Blossoming into a ravishing beauty
While the clouds across the sky scud

A reminder that if one is willing and ready
It is possible to rise above troubles
From the dismal and murky

If only you believe that you are able
To build anew upon the rubble

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
28 July 2014

 

Symbolism

The lotus has always been a symbol of things which are pure and good. It begins life in the mud at the bottom of a lake or pond. And its leaves and buds reach towards the surface of the water. Its striking flowers bloom at the surface. It therefore symbolises that people can rise above their troubles and turn their lives around.

Poetic style

This poem was written in the style of a terza rima – an Italian form of poetry first used by Dante Alighieri.

A terza rima consists of stanzas of three lines (or tercets). It follows an interlocking rhyming scheme, or chain rhyme – the middle of each stanza rhymes with the first and last line of the following stanza. However, there is no set length to this form, as long as it follows the pattern as follows:

ABA
BCB
CDC
DED

The last stanza will be a couplet rhyming with the middle line of the previous stanza. In this case, EE.

So here is my poem again with the rhyming scheme shown:

The white beacon

(A)  The first time I laid eyes on you
(B)  Your beauty took my breath away
(A)  Delicate charm, fresh as morning dew

(B)  The vision of you shone, bright as day
(C)  Your snowy petals, unfurling
(B)  A beacon, lighting the way

(C)  All that is pure, symbolising
(D)  All that is wholesome and good
(C)  Your splendor is uplifting

(D) As well as you could
(E) You grew and flourished in the mud
(D) Of the lake in the woods

(E) Rising up to the surface; a bud
(F) Blossoming into a ravishing beauty
(E) While the clouds across the sky scud

(F) A reminder that if one is willing and ready
(G) It is possible to rise above troubles
(F) From the dismal and murky

(G) If only you believe that you are able
(G) To build anew upon the rubble

To read more about the terza rima poetic style, visit the Young Writers’ Website.

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About khorhmin

Just a curious girl, Feeling my way, Through life in a twirl, Enjoying each and every day. Moving fast, in a swirl Each and every day Publishing is my world Writing, editing, yay!
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2 Responses to The white beacon

  1. I love lotus. Thank you for the lovely imagery. I enjoy the play of the words and syllables too. Excellent.

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