Cascades

(Photo credit: Katy Silberger)

(Photo credit: Katy Silberger)

Tears fall down
like heavy rain
washing the years away
as gullies are carved
from tools of iron
When the levees buckle
under the weight
of the disappeared
ideas move swiftly
to cover the ancient paths
The calmest surface
hides the deepest waters
it is far better to
wade in the shallows
than drown in the depths
The stars may flicker
and burn dimly
but darkness cannot hide
the light yearning
to rise in eastern skies.
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52 Responses to Cascades

  1. tubularsock says:

    Wonderfully done!

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  2. Simply beautiful. Your poetry is very touching and strong. Do you use poetry in your teaching?

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Thank you, Skywalker. In first grade, poetry is pretty basic but the children love to rhyme and do acrostics. I may be working middle school next year and get a chance to spend more time on poetry, which is way underemphasized in the elementary grades.

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  3. Jeff,

    I agree with the others who have commented here. Your work contains powerful images; this is quite the “word painting.” Excellent.

    Keep building “one idea at a time.” I’m with you!

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  4. EmaBeesArt says:

    wow, this is fantastic Jeff. Moving imagery to convey feeling – and I like the hope at the end – its a good reminder :) thanks for sharing!

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  5. Aliew says:

    Beautiful composition, Jeff.

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  6. carolahand says:

    A great example of balance — being able to keep your “feet on the ground” to see reality, and your heart in the stars to envision what could be. Thank you for sharing such depth and beauty, Jeff.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Thank you for all of your support, Carol. Dreams don’t come cheap these days. I can imagine the college students you teach reflect that duality of optimism and fatalism all too well. Teachers like yourself help dispel the shadows so the light can get through.

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  7. this was so easy to read and you took me there. Thank you.

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  8. mytiturk says:

    “ideas move swiftly to cover the ancient paths” So (desperately) true. Do more poetry, Jeff. You have a fine gift.

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  9. Hi Jeff – A beautiful poem – one of your best I’ve read. Thanks for the offering.

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  10. Beautiful and profound lines. An inspiring photo.

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  11. Jeff, this is very moving, reminds me of Big Country’s Steel Town. Beautiful.

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  12. So…this is a good poem.

    You’re saying that… our expressions of grief / sadness – these “tears’ play a big role in spreading our ideas wider and farther, thus, both the ideas and ourselves develop and strengthen?

    “When the levees buckle under the weight… ideas moved swiftly”

    It is like a living water map of ideas and paths, all of them revealed and obscured and revealed again – according to the flow of our lives, our suffering.

    Of course I may have it wrong . Still, how beautiful to know what people have made of these tears, what experts at love and work and navigation some of us have become.

    Thank-you, Jeff

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      Hi Claire, What I love about poetry is that it leaves the doors and windows wide open for anyone to stop by, have a look in and offer their interpretation. I dig your take on it which evoked ideas that I had not necessarily considered.

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  13. Beautiful, Jeff. Love the the truth read in the lines: The calmest surface / hides the deepest waters. And so they do.

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  14. Beautiful. Awesome. Poetry can be magical.

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  15. lumar1298 says:

    Wow… You write poetry too… Nicely done…

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  16. This is amazing and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  17. H3nry J3kyll says:

    Wonderful word-craft Jeff!

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  18. great imagery – thanks visit my blog

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  19. susanissima says:

    Fine poem, Jeff, particularly your second stanza, which is balanced and beautiful.

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