Thursday, 23 May 2013

I’m Completely Different


[A poem has the power of healing a wounded-heart. It can show a way through or it can give you a shield to hide behind. It can turn the light back on in a place you thought was permanently disconnected. It can be a talisman to be worn in the head for warding off miseries. Kuroda Saburo [1919-1980] is a Japanese poet, he writes often of matters relating to love & family. ‘I am completely different’ is one of his best poems- I even call it a modern mantra, for the act of reading it is somehow comforting. Saburo always sees roses in debris; hear dirge as a song from a Nightingale. He feels eruption of hope in the midst of devastation and destruction. It is one of my favorite poems- I read it again and again whenever I feel blue… whenever the course of life becomes uncharitable.]

 I am completely different.
Though I am wearing the same tie as yesterday,
am as poor as yesterday,
as good for nothing as yesterday,
today
I am completely different.

Though I am wearing the same clothes,
am as dirty as yesterday,
living as clumsily as yesterday, nevertheless
today
I am completely different.

 Ah-
I patiently close my eyes
on all the grins and smirks
on all the twisted smiles and horse laughs
on all the shameful defeats and defaults-
and glimpse then, inside me
one beautiful white butterfly
fluttering towards tomorrow.

Image courtesy: Google                


22 comments:

  1. Thanks for your visit & comments. Happy times.

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  2. such a beautiful thought wonderful! thank you for introducing us to saburo

    Richa

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  3. I am completely different. . . Very Nice. . :)

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  4. And that butterfly is known as HOPE. The picture says a lot and yes you have aptly put the thoughts related to the picture and relevant to life situations.

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  5. Very Nice!I am going to google Kuroda Saburo :)

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  6. indeed worth all the praises sir ! So apt for the current times .... thank you for getting introduced to Kuroda Saburo !

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  7. It was good to knowabout Kuroda Saburo, and I like the poem esp the last line
    One beautiful white butterfly
    Fluttering towards tomorrow.

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  8. We should all look for lotuses in our murky ponds. Very inspirational indeed.

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  9. Now I will also read it again and again in difficult times,hats off to Saburo

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  10. Beautiful..now I must find out a little more about Kuroda Saburo. Thanks

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  11. Thanks for sharing his work! And hope the water becomes charitable soon. In my dictionary travel is the best therapy!

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  12. Thanks for sharing Saburo's poem and introducing him.
    True.It acts as a therapist.

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  13. New to me and interesting.

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  14. So true...so very true. This poem echoed exactly how I'm feeling. It's my poem for the day.
    Thank you for drawing my attention to it.

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  15. Thank you for sharing that wonderful poem - I'm at a place, where I've been trying to NOT focus on all the negativity and lies..

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  16. Well when you see that white butterfly within all woes flutter away...

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  17. Inspiring, indeed. Many of us choose to be victims of our memories, memories that inhibit the beautiful butterfly within.

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  18. I am not much of a poet but the last line depicts to me hope and the beauty that lies in hope. Inspiring indeed.

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  19. Interesting and Simplpe !!Lovely Thought

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  20. A hope of better tomorrow is what we all aspire for and it's the driving force that make us all move on in life...!!!

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