...or sunshine from the snow

by Ben Pickard   Feb 20, 2018

Of heaven's gates, I've heard men tell,
but I am not so sure
Perhaps the well is just a hole -
the sea without a shore

I've seen the rainbow form and then
I chased it to its end
but only dirt and ruptured dreams
would haunt the verse I penned.

The cuckoo's flight, I saw in fall -
it wasn't due 'till spring!
Alas, the mirage proved too much...
a bee without a sting.

My mind is all at odds these days -
I fear I'll never know
what seperates the good from bad
or sunshine from the snow


Ben Pickard 2018


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  • 1 year ago

    by mossgirl19

    Oh my, Ben! My favorite for sure. I cannot expound my thoughts on this, just wanna say , I am really amazed!

  • 1 year ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Ben I am blown away and fascinated by your beautiful poetry. Another winner. All the best to you

  • 1 year ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Ben, this is as beautiful as ever ....

    The title by itself is intriguing but gives little clue to the content.

    The first stanza seems to suggest that you question 'heaven' and therefore religion, that the wishing well is merely a hole in the ground, a source of water but not for wishes. The tone of the poem is set here, you liken heaven with wishes and doubt both.

    The theme continues in the second stanza. You've chased the end of the rainbow, finding no pot of gold, only dirt and lost dreams, 'haunting' your poems, you're disillusioned.

    In the third stanza, you describe how awful it would be if nature also didn't behave as expected (like religion?) the cuckoo leaves the nest during autumn rather than spring, and a bee without the very sting that makes it a bee.

    Your concluding stanza describes your confusion over whether you'll ever understand what it is that defines good and bad, when 'good' people do bad things. It's like thinking that the sunshine (good) is actually snow (bad). And now the title makes sense.

    Beautifully written with impeccable rhyming and meter! :-) x

    • 1 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      What a wonderful comment, Kitty. Thank you.

  • 1 year ago

    by Brenda

    Ben, you never cease to amaze me with your writing, This is another beautiful write that just blows me away-loved it!

  • 1 year ago

    by Em (marmite)

    An astounding piece of creativity

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