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Oct 11 · 55
Falling Foliage
Dr Peter Lim Oct 11
On the farther side
of time I stand
much of old age
is memory bent
towards scenes
that defie ravage
and demand
to be remembered
and resurrected --

I am held powerless.

Life is now
falling foliage
the leaves have
dark-brown turned
days and nights
are serene and sober
enough of love
past love had yearned
pain and sorrow re-echo
in tearful refrain
over and over again --

at this dying hour
regret is but all in vain
night is a disdainful mocker
there's nothing left
either for loss or gain.
Oct 10 · 57
Prose and Poetry
Dr Peter Lim Oct 10
Prose is truly akin to poetry
but struggles to match the other's sublimity.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
I live
while others struggle
to believe
or disbelieve.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
They lied
saying
life was all
upside
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
Life is not handsome
more to do with humdrum.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
If not this
then that?
no-- something half-way?
caveat !
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
If she does remember
and I sincerely hope not
she would lose her slumber
pricked by every thought.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
Love does catch
colds and coughs
its temperature, watch
also its peaks and troughs.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
The wind blows
hither and thither
my heart knows
there's no forever.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
I was not born to compete
the least anyone to unseat
Dr Peter Lim Oct 7
My mind is the writer
my heart is the editor
Dr Peter Lim Oct 6
I posted letter
then realised it was mistake
it would break her heart.
Dr Peter Lim Oct 6
Dog leads blind old man
sudden burst of wild thunder
it stops abruptly
Dr Peter Lim Oct 6
Midnight violin strains
drifting through autumn silence
bring back memories
Dr Peter Lim Oct 6
Farmer surveys sky
grey clouds portend heavy rain
he heaves a deep sigh
Dr Peter Lim Oct 6
Steep rocky mountain
blots out last evening light
tired birds fly home
Oct 6 · 30
Captives
Dr Peter Lim Oct 6
The hours are late
for some, early for others
they don't suit everyone
a whole bag of bothers--

whoever and wherever we are
we are never the true winners
held to ransom with impunity
and scattered all over as feathers
Oct 5 · 47
Lost Art
Dr Peter Lim Oct 5
Feeling is a lost art
the computer has stolen our heart
Oct 5 · 42
If
Dr Peter Lim Oct 5
If
How long
is the tunnel of time?
if you were trapped therein
could you bear its grinding rhyme?
Oct 5 · 40
Self-Resolution
Dr Peter Lim Oct 5
There will be
no relief
time is the hunter
the cause of grief--

there will be
no end to sigh and heave
unless I am its master
stronger in self-belief.
Oct 5 · 104
Held On Trial
Dr Peter Lim Oct 5
I'll be held on trial
by those closest to me
for what they label 'unacceptable'
as I refuse to agree.
Oct 5 · 213
Lost Essence
Dr Peter Lim Oct 5
The inexpressible
I prefer--that expressed
all at once loses its essence-
the pure has been crudely dressed
Oct 5 · 33
Another Land
Dr Peter Lim Oct 5
It's from another land
words have their home elsewhere
I scarcely could understand
haven't before visited there-

their authority they assert without my consent
their stand they aren't afraid to declare
they banish me to some distant end
before my face in indifference they stare.
Sep 28 · 106
What Defeat?
Dr Peter Lim Sep 28
Where is the defeat
when you are still standing
firmly on your two feet?
Dr Peter Lim Sep 28
How could you ever lose
when your mind cares not to choose?
* echo of Zen
Sep 28 · 47
The Room Is Empty*
Dr Peter Lim Sep 28
The room is empty
still her voice and laughter did linger
memory cut deep into the heart
from the past it wouldn't sever--

the years had spoken over and over
how love did so fondly remember
would there be another encounter?
perhaps not,  perhaps never!
* after Christina Rossetti
Sep 28 · 86
Today and Tomorrow
Dr Peter Lim Sep 28
Today
not tomorrow
play
no sorrow.

Tomorrow
another show
let go
let life be so.
Sep 24 · 109
ABSURD VERSE
Dr Peter Lim Sep 24
Life is OK
if you still get a pay
it's not OK
when boss says: Go away!
Sep 24 · 58
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Dr Peter Lim Sep 24
Love at first sight is a blush
yet nothing could stop desire's rush.
Dr Peter Lim Sep 24
Let us not say 'Endanger'
but rather 'End danger'.
Sep 24 · 38
A SINGLE VOICE
Dr Peter Lim Sep 24
Away from the **** clamour

of the city and market-square

only a single voice I care to hear

its beauty follows me everywhere-


yours, yours alone does transcend

the music of the universe entire

every pain of my heart it consoles

to none but you my heart I surrender.
Sep 24 · 29
POSTSCRIPT
Dr Peter Lim Sep 24
I've stopped
counting the years
old age is calm and sedate
minus the creeping fears-

only the moment immediate
I should reckon without tears
life has had its say in thousand ways
only love and beauty my heart endears.
Dr Peter Lim Sep 23
Evening's last light
reflected on silent stream
call of birds in flight
Sep 22 · 240
LIFE HAS SPOKEN
Dr Peter Lim Sep 22
Life has spoken:
'death is never strong
its darkness and doom has been broken
the living will in triumph ever move along-

youth's dreams shall not be forgotten
its innocence has recorded no wrong
love and beauty to its heart is given
let it then sing its immortal song'.
Dr Peter Lim Sep 22
Life---could it just be
to do with moods?
do the moments lift your spirit
or land you lost in bewildering woods?

Joys, wonders, smiles, bouquets
or doubts, angsts, unruly weeds and decayed flowers?
dreams and hopes that all else transcend
or the downhill and dereliction of moanful hours?
Sep 21 · 70
Living Essentials (20)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
When morning rays begin to shine
  wholeheartedly I'll call it all mine
  when long shadows of the last sunset lend
   with the deepest calm I'll accept my very end
Sep 21 · 64
Living Essentials (19)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
Come to me in thy need
  I'll fail you not in any deed
Sep 21 · 42
Living Essentials (18)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
Ask not any favour from thy neighbour
    'Nay' will be the answer-- a no-hoper!
Sep 21 · 40
Living Essentials (17)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
Outdoing others?
   I can't do myself that
   too full of errors
   in my silence I am glad
Sep 21 · 32
Living Essentials (16)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
I am my own laboratory
I develop my own theory.
Sep 21 · 50
Living Essentials (15)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
Too many smart people
but so few do achieve
the average start from below
their success makes the former grieve
Sep 21 · 45
Living Essentials (14)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
Idleness I love
     all things above
Sep 21 · 41
Living Essentials (13)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
If I came to know someone's wife really well
what her husband is I could confidently tell
Sep 21 · 37
Living Essentials (12)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
Prudence to courage I prefer
it's wiser and lasts infinitely longer
Sep 21 · 35
Living Essentials (11)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 21
The mind is only the mentor
the heart is the conquerer
Sep 20 · 56
Living Essentials (10)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 20
Falling, rising
   realising, then becoming.
Sep 20 · 40
Living Essentials (9)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 20
What others rush to partake
I happily stay away and forsake.
Sep 20 · 38
Living Essentials (8)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 20
Myself I don't ever need to arm
   the greatest gift I have--being calm.
Sep 20 · 41
Living Essentials (7)
Dr Peter Lim Sep 20
I was once a child
    still I am one at times
     and then silently I smile
     remembering my nursery rhymes.
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