Follow The Sunshine

Follow Sunshine, Hope

When darkness descends
Black horses gather around you
To carry you far into the land of oblivion
All the tunnels close upon you.

When darkness descends
The streaks of light look bizarre
Blinding our perceptive purport
Wearing weariness we stretch further.

When darkness descends
We start loving the surrendering swim
Waiting to go down,
Drowning into the sea of self-aversion.

When darkness descends
We love to wander in those alleys
Which seem soothing, seeking therapy
To pacify our embattled ego

Till we drag ourselves out
To look at the shimmering stars
Whose twinkling light beckons
To rekindle the hope

Till we look beyond the horizon
To talk to our deepest disillusionment
To snub the chatter of covert despair
To harness the dark horses

Till we learn to appreciate the dim light
Which is always flickering
Till we look at the dawn
Which always shatters the darkest night

Till we channelize the negative thoughts
Which are self-disparaging
Till we usher in the sunshine
Which is all around us, always accessible.

© Balroop Singh.
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34 thoughts on “Follow The Sunshine

    1. Thank you Diana, I love your words of appreciation. This poem started at the point of descent into those darker moments, which take us away into self-compassion and yearning but I had to make an effort to pull my protagonist out of those dark alleys to show the light and sunshine is easier to show! Stay blessed. 🙂

  1. As with all your poems, it flows from your heart as a stream, Balroop, meandering through darkness and despair, to hope and sunshine. These lines will uplift even the most depressed wishes.

    1. Hi Raj,

      Thanks for the encouraging words dear friend. All my poems do flow from my heart but many get lost in darkness, all don’t see the spring…some of them remain buried in anguish. I avoid posting them on my blog but they are hidden in the pages of my book and another one, which I hope to publish too will carry some of them.

  2. Talking to our deepest disillusionment is a painful process and where better to do that then in the dark. Another wonderful poem, Balroop. It reminds me of that saying we can’t see the stars without the darkness. TRUTH. Loved your words today ❤

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You are so right…disillusionments are painful but out of that pain emerges new wisdom and hope. ‘If winter comes, said Shelley, ‘can spring be far behind’?

      We can appreciate joy only after we have experienced the pain. We value light only after the darkest night. Stars appear romantic only when we are in a happy mood.
      Thanks for sharing a lovely view.

  3. So true, the best days are the ones I wake up and appreciate the first light of the day ~ appreciating the darkness as it fades away into light. Beautifully written poem, such a great talent you have.

    1. Hi Randall,

      Even darkness has its own significance, without which the value of light cannot be discerned. Thank you for being so kind and generous. I hope my words inspire and enlighten.

  4. Life is indeed very beautiful till this darkness descends, the moment it is in front of us we cease to see the beauty and gets lost in the duty of life, we complain, we crib, we search for answers and we hate and we go down deep inside to find hope to rescue us, and the morning sunshine wakes up from the darkness of night, makes us feel better and we fight the disillusionment with the sunshine and look up to the twinkling to rekindle our hope once again to live life and cherish the joy of living…
    Very profound thoughts…the picture sums it all.

    1. Hi Nihar,

      One of my friends has actually the same story as related by you. She was full of life, always adventurous, accepting all that came her way till she got depressed and it kept on creeping up. She got completely submerged and couldn’t even hear the voices of well-wishers and friends. Eventually she had to seek psychiatric help to drag herself out. Even at such a time, the best help is self-help. others can only provide hope and positive words but real effort comes from within.

      Thanks for a thought provoking analysis…much appreciated 🙂

  5. “Till we learn to appreciate the dim light…Which always shatters the darkest night” These are two great lines. I love this poem, Balroop. It’s always darkest before the dawn, but when we are down, the only way we can go is up. Negative thoughts can be suffocating. The more negative we are, the more critical we are of our surroundings and ourselves. Sometimes all we have to do to push forwards is to do something else to distract ourselves. When I find myself in a rut with writing and feel depressed about it, I like to read a book or simply go out and do something else like photography. That’s how I channel negative emotions – move away from the source and into the light 🙂

    1. Hi Mabel,

      I have this conviction that a dim light always radiates within, it keeps warning, it keeps guiding…it all depends on us how we let it glow further with our thoughts or let it extinguish by ignoring the signals.

      When we are in one of those depressing moods, we feel carried away by negative thoughts but we have to shove them away to break free otherwise negativity overpowers us, only to dump us into deepest tunnels!

      At such times I always do whatever I feel like. I tell myself I am the best, I have the freedom to write whatever I want and I usually do. That really helps. Such poems get the light of the day at such hours and then it veer them towards positivity!

      Thank you so much for being such a big support. Stay blessed!

      1. “I am the best”. That is such a confident, bold and outgoing phrase. A phrase that reminds yourself that you can do anything. I like that and I think I will start telling that to myself when I need motivation.

        I’ve always heard of this phrase, “Do more of what makes you happy”. Very uplifting. The more we like what we’re doing, the more likely we are inclined to better ourselves 🙂

  6. Beautiful Poem…the meaning as well as simplicity of lyrics and structure!
    All the stages from onslaught of darkness till…”we learn to appreciate the dim light Which is always flickering”

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. hey Balroop – I like how you’ve given value and importance to the darkness – which is just as important as the light. Without the darkness, we won’t know light 🙂 Both the light in the sky and in our lives.

    1. Hi Vishnu,

      Thanks for liking the idea…hope and positive thoughts are as important as air and water, without which we it is difficult to survive. The sooner we realise this, the better we would be in welcoming both.

      Thanks for standing by and sharing your thoughts.

  8. I needed you words. They come as a reminder, the best one Balroop..
    We can’t see the light if we don’t know the darkness. We can’t feel hope if we don’t know what it means to feel down. Every dark hour prepares us for something great. We just need to be patient, to hold on to what we know, the starlight, the sun shining.
    Thank you my dear for sharing your message in such a lovely way.

    1. You are right Marie, darker hours make us resilient and prepare us to face more such moments. Patience is the key as darkness dispels very soon.
      Stay blessed dear friend.

  9. The flow of words and the beautiful message put together makes it superb and uplifting poem. Darkness can lead to self aversion, derision, but still we need to appreciate the dim light, channelize our thoughts and pull ourselves out of the dark into the world of positive light.
    Thank you Balroop for penning and sharing such soulful poems.

    1. Thank you Somali for such beautiful words to describe my thoughts.
      Yes it is that dim light, which is always reaching out to remind us that dawn slowly keeps spreading and shining brighter only if we wait. 🙂

  10. Life has different layers. When darkness descends we can see those things lurking behind the shadows….the presence of those unwanted shadows sometimes make us depressed and sad “Till we learn to appreciate the dim light…Which always shatters the darkest night”…wonderful flow of words and profound thoughts… 🙂

    1. Thanks you Mani…shadows may be scary till we know and acknowledge that they are always behind us. We are the leaders! All those layers of life can be controlled by us.

    1. Probably you mean to say that there is clarity of thought in my poem? Mostly poems meander and have various interpretations because they are open-ended but most of my poems have clarity.
      Thanks for standing by, dear friend. Your view is greatly appreciated.

  11. My two favorite lines are about the dark horses which can drag us down or as you mentioned we can learn to “harness” them and come back from the darkness into the light of day. Great poetic verses and deep meaning held within each line, Balroop. Thanks for painting pictures which help illustrate our emotions.

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