Many thanks to all the readers who have read Dell and Dale and responded to the challenge of guessing who they are. I am humbled by the interpretations of this poem – the best being “soul and ego”… “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.” (by Monica Timbal)
I am also deeply touched by the words of Betty: “For me, Dell and Dale represent humility and pride (arrogance)… The theme, decisions and outcomes belong to individuals who make their own choices.”
Bela Johnson understood this poem so well and gave a complete answer to both my questions: “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.”
Lisa Thomson too came quite close: “Siblings that have taken different paths? One successful and the other one faced too many obstacles and became bitter.”
Congratulations to Bela, an outstanding poet for winning Timeless Echoes.
I wrote Dell and Dale in 2012. When I wrote it, I had siblings in mind. How circumstances and challenges of life change us into different individuals also influenced my thoughts.
I am sharing an excerpt from my latest book:
The ink dried on the pages
You left at my desk
Words glare at me
And echo your thoughts…
All that you didn’t say!
Did you say you love me?
How could my arms oppress you?
Was your soft tone a show off?
The sea of your eyes
The ghosts of your journal
Follow me unawares
The embers of your love
Still smolder within me
Smothering my breath out
I carry dead demons of your memory
Looking for a place to bury them.
© Balroop Singh
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