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Dell and Dale

Two rivulets flow side by side
Emerging from the same womb
Having grown in the same milieus
With dreams of devotedness,

With promises of holding together
Singing the song of love for others
Dell and Dale flowed on and on
Oblivious of boulders ahead.

The tide of time tossed them around
One found the valley, deep and sound
Accomplished heights,
Found happiness, even disseminated it.

The other found mountains high and mighty
Injudicious track changed all reflections
The flow was warped, adrift, crooked
Promises broke, dreams grew dreary

Slowly it grew shallow, self-centered.
So Dale lost identity,
The watery grave could not be traced
Barren land, choked throats were insignificant.

When love wanes, well- wishers are kicked off.
Incognito efforts fail miserably
The façade soon stands exposed.
Β© Balroop Singh

The above poem, an excerpt from my debut book ‘Sublime Shadows of Life’ has often been shrugged off as insignificant.

Answer the following questions about this poem and win my latest poetry book ‘Timeless Echoes’:

Who are Dell and Dale? Why are they so different?

Thank you for reading this poem. Please share your answers in the comments section. The most appropriate answer would receive a free ebook.

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Balroop Singh.

50 thoughts on “Win a Book #NationalPoetryMonth

  1. I have no answer to your question Balroop of who they are. The choices we make bring us to the point we are.

    1. sorry, Soul looked deep and found comfort, love and shared it.
      ego looks from high up, and saw a skewed, inaccurate reflection. so he forgot his true nature πŸ™‚

  2. For me, Dell and Dale represent humility and pride (arrogance)… The theme, decisions and outcomes belong to individuals who make their own choices. Powerful and thought-provoking poetry, Balroop!

  3. I love the way this makes us think and we all have unique interpretations, yet similarly themed. I too feel these twins took two different paths, one of righteousness and the other lost its way. πŸ™‚

  4. Sometimes we don’t have a choice, the under curtain is too strong, the boulders too big to move. Sometimes, pure luck changes a path where at other times, hard times, like boulders drag you down. Sometimes, the odds are so great against the ebb and flow of time, great weariness set in, and the strength, the hope, the dreams are like stars too faraway to even hope to reach, Sometimes, we need help, an out stretched hand, the love of others to help us out. Sometimes, we all need to be forgiven, and just be given another chance to soar. πŸ™‚

    1. Welcome to Emotional Shadows Karen, I love your philosophical thoughts…so true! They seem like poetry! Soar we do, on the wings of our words! Thank you so much for sharing life lessons in a succinct manner. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend.

      1. Balroop, Thank you so much for you lovely compliment. It was early in the morning when I wrote that, and I just noticed a misspelling (curtain instead of currant). I didn’t mention Dell and Dale (I am an identical twin), and I felt that it might have been an either/or question. I also feel I could be complete wrong in that assumption. I believe that life is not an either/or. Life is much more complicated than that, but I do understand the philosophy behind it. Human beings are the most sensitive, complicated beings on earth and for that fact alone, I have immense empathy for all. However, it is a great “Why question: why are they so different?” Knowing why is important in itself. That is what researchers always ask: Why? My Master degree is in clinical research and I taught it at a University. So, I guess I am biased in that regard. I love these kinds of philosophical questions, and thank you again! Karen πŸ™‚

      2. Thank you so much Karen for sharing your thoughts about life, I agree it is much more complicated than it appears but only we are responsible for making it so…we want more from it, we are never satisfied and that’s why the questions become so relevant. We try to answer them yet all answers are different!!
        So glad to connect with a researcher! πŸ™‚

      3. Balroop, thank you! By the way, I purchased your inspiration book, Sublime Shadows of Life. I seriously doubt that anything you put to paper is insignificant, because that is just not you. You have amazing poetry, and much wisdom, not to mention the intuitive researcher that you are, which embodies wisdom, as in the title of your book, Sublime Shadows of Life. Karen πŸ™‚

      4. Many thanks for your support and lovely words of appreciation for my poetry. you have made my day! I am feeling blessed. πŸ™‚ Happy reading.

  5. This really reminds me of children, often siblings, who from that same womb can make such divergent choices despite a common upbringing. It clearly speaks, at least to my mind, how we come into this life as different aspects of the One with a different bag of karma to sort out. My mother had seven of us, and said every one of us was completely different. Knowing my siblings, I would say that is true. So it really helped me when observing my own children, each with such unique temperaments.

    I don’t know why this poem would be considered inconsequential. For some it would seem news. For others it might be a known factor, but an affirmation that, despite our best intentions as parents, our kids have their own paths. Good read, Balroop. ❀️

    1. Your reflections are spot on Bela, each individual has a personality and a temperament, entirely different from the other and their paths beckon them. We can only point toward the direction, how they walk is their own choice.
      Thank you for your kind words about this poem, I am delighted to hear them. I am glad this poem spoke to you. Stay blessed.

  6. I love this poem! I had to read it twice, and still, I’m not sure who they represent. Siblings that have taken different paths? One successful and the other one faced too many obstacles and became bitter. Not sure I’m on the right track here, Balroop. I didn’t read the other comments yet, so as not to ‘cheat’. πŸ™‚

  7. I think of Dell as dark and deep, yet somehow benign and comforting.
    We all know somebody like that and they can often turn out to be the most loyal of friends, always there when life’s a struggle.
    Dale, on the other hand, is rugged and challenging and rather beautiful. Somebody to turn to for shared adventures, for light and happiness.
    Both have their place in the complex landscape of life.

    1. Thank you Lance, I love your interpretation. Welcome to Emotional Shadows, I appreciate your stopping by to read my poem and share your reflections. Have a wonderful week.

      1. I never considered myself to be a poet until two of UK’s top contemporary poets told me that I am “wonderful” and that my “words just flow” when I attended the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School.

        I am thrilled that a poem of mine will be featured in Alison Chisholm’s Poetry Workshop in Writers’ Magazine in July. My heart will be pounding out of my chest!

  8. Without each other we would not find our way.. So both are important for we need both the highroad and the low road to find our way home.. ❀
    Lovely poem dearest Balroop ❀ Enjoy All May has to offer when she comes.. ❀

  9. Balroop, a moving reflection and study of life. A poem that’s captivated me, slowly unravelling the depth within it. As children, we all start with the same love & opportunities (hopefully). The paths taken after leaving the familiar, home, form us into the people we become and ultimately the strongest influence on our lives is the loss of love between close ones.

    1. Thank you Annika for understanding the depth within my words. A thoughtful observation about influences around us; they mold us into what we eventually become. Love and hugs. πŸ™‚

  10. Balroop, your poem sparks a keen sense of thinking. Beautiful metaphors bring out the attitudes we adopt in dealing with the challenges that life throws at us. Our attitude, adaptability and acceptance all go a long way in shaping the final outcome of how we emerge out of it.

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