Standing tall

Standing tall

Can you agree blindly with laws and regulations
or balance crawls into the breath of heaven?
Imagine you can break the cold of the glass,
will you still go with “must do” and “have to avoid”?

Do you search for the line where the heart stays open
or the soul is immortally adjusted to canons?
And if you remain there for the rest of the night,
will you let in intimacy and ultraviolet lights?

Is there a map for the road from rules to freedom
or you endeavor friendship between passion and reason?
Do you invite them to the same table for a drink?
Aren’t they enemies, two opposite directions, north and south?

Does logic harm you inside or love heals the blues of the dawn?
If they enter the front door, will they sleep on the floor?
And if there is nothing left, but red peppers, wrapped in foil,
will you follow the routine, or will you learn the art of standing tall?


"Art of standing tall" by Sonam Mandal


© 2011  Broken Sparkles


47 Responses to “Standing tall”

  1. deadpoet88 Says:

    Wow, this is absolutely amazing and has a sense of purity about it! Wonderful questions you ask. Enjoyed this one immensely.

  2. Lavender Says:

    If the rules would allow me to add green and yellow peppers, then, yes; I would stand tall!
    Sorry, bad humor for a great poem (as usual)…

  3. Life: Between the lines Says:

    Totally enjoyable! thank you :)

  4. southwindtrails Says:

    “or you endeavor friendship between passion and reason?
    Do you invite them to the same table for a drink?”

    I love those lines and the image they create. You always choose such wonderful words for your poems.

  5. Jingle Says:

    beautiful wonders.

    we must follow out hearts at times, other times, rules or regulations are tools to certain group…they may be lawful in one state, maybe trivial in a different place…

    love your brilliance on it.

  6. Talon Says:

    I loved this philosophical and yet somehow whimsical at the same time. I really enjoyed this poem!

  7. Carl Says:

    I loved this one. You capture the tedious task of trying to accomplish that balance, and you capture the moral activities associated with the theme. Excellent!

  8. marousia Says:

    hey, this poem should be a song – I can hear a strong blues riff

  9. robin ellen lucas Says:

    yes, will you let in intimacy and ultraviolet lights?

  10. danroberson Says:

    Beautifully written. I enjoyed your renditition.

  11. Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved Says:

    Having passion and reason at the same table, now that is a good questions, as they all are. Thanks for another wonderful poem and photo, Blaga. Let’s hope we all “stand tall.” Blog on …

    Thanks for all your reading and comments. Hugs!

  12. Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved Says:

    P.S. – Finally checked out Ripples Through Imagination. Wonderful. Thanks for the link. :-)

  13. bendedspoon Says:

    beautiful and challenging! :)

  14. liv2write2day Says:

    I love the challenge you toss out–the blending of opposites. Balance!

  15. Raven Says:

    “or you endeavor friendship between passion and reason”

    Looks like I wasn’t the only eye this line caught…but for good reason. The imagery was perfect. Thank you for stopping by my blog for it allowed me to find yours. Cheers…

  16. Caribbean Fool Says:

    A pleasure to read as always B. Reads as if written with a demonstrated purpose; very focused piece. Hope all is going well and take care of yourself! For everything else, I think the best ya can do is hope for good karma. You should have no problems there! Take it easy,


  17. Sam Says:

    “Does logic harm you inside or love heals the blues of the dawn?”… I love how you put up this eternal question..

  18. Chim's World Of Literature Says:

    wonderfully written….u painted a beautiful imagery of whimsical & philosiphical…

  19. lolamouse Says:

    “Is there a map for the road from rules to freedom
    or you endeavor friendship between passion and reason?
    Do you invite them to the same table for a drink?…” I absolutely love the imagery in this stanza!!! You write one terrific poem!

  20. uma.a Says:

    lovely writing..very challenging

  21. Jessica Says:

    Nice flow here, and the contrast of rules and being yourself. I guess we need a bit of both to be happy. Well written!

  22. Dishilicious Says:

    always searching for the line where the heart stays open. nice one!

  23. fiveloaf Says:

    your questions need alot of thinking- nice one blaga! here’s my potluck for this week:

  24. pamela Says:

    It is hard to find balance with our emotions at times.
    Nicely written.

  25. Rajlakshmi Says:

    thats a fabulous write… beautiful imgaery you have painted here.
    loved reading it.

  26. Stafford Says:

    “or you endeavor friendship between passion and reason?
    Do you invite them to the same table for a drink?
    Aren’t they enemies, two opposite directions, north and south?”
    These are the defining lines for this insightful poem, and the answer is, as you clearly already know is; ‘passion keeps you alive but reason keeps you safe!’

  27. Marissa Says:

    Beautiful poem. I very much enjoyed it!
    Blessings ~Marissa

  28. mstevensson Says:

    I really enjoyed the line “Does logic harm you inside or love heals the blues of the dawn?”. Your poem asks some tough questions. Excellent read!

  29. tasithoughts Says:

    Love the questions and the layered meanings it lead my mind and heart to…


  30. Artswebshow Says:

    Stand tall, always stand tall.
    Institutions are there to be argued with.
    Laws are made to be loopholed. lol
    Excellent poem here, i really liked this

  31. David (1MereMortal) Says:

    Sensual…thought provoking…engaging. Really liked this poem.

  32. lizbethsgarden Says:

    Just lovely. Thank you.

  33. Cherlyn Says:

    I really like the fantasy feel to this poem, and the philosophical questions asked. I think you’ve really captured the message without being forceful, you really have mastered poetic subtlety (and I loves it!)

    Sorry for the late comment – been busy! But this was great!!

  34. Kavita Says:

    My my my!! The metaphors are brilliant, Blaga dear!! Wow!!
    When limitations begin to set in (on the mind), it’s like the worst prison ever! Time to break free!!! One needs to maintains a healthy balance between living free and living recklessly :)

    Totally enjoyed this poem, girl…

  35. Jillien Says:

    this was a beautiful poem about conformity. I loved reading this. Great rhythm


  36. trisha Says:

    very wise questions. splendid photograph and a very wise and well crafted poem.

  37. Heart Says:

    I have often struggled while carefully stepping the thin line between and logic and love while parenting.. Blaga.. Do I bend the rule for just this one.. Stop being stiff and tall.. Will this lead to a bad example to my children, etc etc.. Once again a great choice of words and real life struggles – A good moral cop kinda poem.. Great quality once again.. !

  38. yelena m. Says:

    A treat to read and ponder on, Blaga. Perfect flow and great to recite. Thank you. :)

  39. Brennan Bogert Says:

    This is great. But if there was a map the journey would be so much less fun.

  40. PinkLady Says:

    what a thought-provoking piece! following one’s heart is the key to the art of standing tall.

  41. ladynimue Says:

    Read loved and re read ! wow !!! totally :)

  42. Colleen DuBois Says:

    Very poignant questions you ask here…I really enjoyed your words.

  43. dragonkatet Says:

    I had to read this a couple of times before I got the full sense of it, but I like that in poetry. I like that you made me think. :)

  44. The Reason You Come Says:

    This is a wonderful piece! The questions you ask are thought-provoking, and your choice of words is beautiful and well, very poetic. You would think a poem about rules would sound rigid and unemotional, but you managed to make a poem about rules sound romantic. Love it!

  45. Stafford Says:

    The last stanza of Standing Tall asks the question that could well be asked of my Koori brothers who find it so difficult to reconcile our cultures.
    When you do come to Australia, you will find plenty of Greek speakers and from them, plenty of advice! But wherever you go, you will be made welcome.

  46. WordsWorthMillions Says:

    Amiga, a brilliant job as always. You have asked interesting questions. I will break the rules and ‘stand tall’. I will fellow my passion without reasoning. ;)
    I am sorry, I have been out of touch lately. Work is crazy and with the block I am getting crazier.
    Thank you once again for a wonderful interview and for all the support. :)

  47. Olivia Says:

    I guess I’ll always choose to stand tall.. Like have always!
    It is not at all easy, if at all, it takes the Life out in the beginning..
    Wow Blaga, what a nice one you have penned here!
    I am absolutely delighted- very well written as usual..

    Love xxxx

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