No one remembered when
The forest’s last green was felled,
When all her founts ran dry
And the living no more dwelt.
The sands they rolled and raged
O’er her glens, and o’er her sky—
Unsparingly rampaged
Amid time’s engoldened sigh.


Colin Lee


A footprint left on the sands of time from the trudge through despondency and dejection.

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  1. A beautiful poem, Colin. I just read that you write a sonnet very half a year, that just buzzed me for a second. People (poets) including me are just writing poems every day, some more than one every day, yet you have this unique habit I have noticed when you talk about poems, not the way we talk about us, but as something more special. I wonder the inspiration and respect towards a sonnet which can only be written every half a year!

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    1. Truly appreciate your observation and thoughtful comment, Jeren. I’m somewhat mildly autistic but have been blending in quite well all my life. Yet, as a result of the difference, I take more time to read what others intend to express and have a need to listen to myself as I write. (You see, it isn’t easy for me to read too much or comment too much, as it takes at least twice as long than “normal”.) This slows me down and forces me to be selective when it comes to communication. And you’re right … it does condense and crystalise the inspiration over the period that begets the artwork, giving me an incredible sense of achievement upon each completion (and quenching the pesky compulsion of an autistic mind!). In a way, spending time on a poem is like spending time with a friend … one bonds with it, one way or another, doesn’t it?

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      1. Indeed! A great thought, Colin. Some friends are strangers, and some knows us more than we do ourselves. The way you talk about yourself and your writing process is the most beautiful thing I read all day. I appreciate your reply very much, especially after you explained how selective and time consuming this process is. Have a great day, friend!

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      1. Hi Jay! yes it would I agree and it is a concern, I recall a dystopian movie a long time ago where the citizens were transcribing ancient texts and people were being reintroduced to trees. How about that?! We need to create an awareness by real action not just words. Nice seeing you here on Colin’s blog!

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      2. Great you feel like that, J. I’d encourage you to consider joining me in the practice of pescetarianism, or, better yet, vegetarianism/veganism. Meat farming is one of the primary causes for deforestation, whereas deforestation, as you know it, is the backdrop for climate change. 🙂

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      3. Okay, I’ll be honest with you Colin. I am a huge fan of Food and Meat, and was a glutton and obese, but out of those four, last two have been vanishing from my self lately, because of the active lifestyle I’m adopting. I do see a future where I could turn a Vegetarian (and Pescatarian I could do easily even right now, since I love fish, crabs, and prawns more than any other food) but I don’t think it’s the time yet. I have been thinking about a lot lately though, how a complete vegetarian society isn’t a total lost cause. (Earlier I felt sorry for those who fought for it, but now I think they might be onto something) I still don’t know how the contribute to deforestation, which I’ll teach myself tonight! Thank you for your valuable invitation to a good cause which I’ll be accepting in a few years (hopefully!) I hope I wasn’t rude.

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      4. Thanks for taking an interest in this topic and for considering the diet change. Please don’t feel guilty or obliged at all. Diet is only one aspect that affects the environment and one quick idea that comes to my mind. There are a million other things we can do. And we can NEVER do enough. All we can try, however, is to take one step at a time.

        Re my diet, I’m most often a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. I respect but don’t really share the vegans’ moral concerns. Still, fish and seafood are more like a compromise only if I’m out of option. After all, pescetarianism is much easier to practise than vegetarianism/veganism. I was quite big a few years back when I had my first child … 220 lbs and around 40″ in the waist at one point. Proud to say I do look and feel healthier and stronger these days.

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      5. I’m happy to hear that you feel that way. These type of transformations are physically and mentally a great thing!

        I’ll let you know if and when I change my diet, because I think you might have already made an impact on it.

        Is it weird or wrong if I never realized or figured out that you are a woman until now? (coincidentally right after you mentioned your child)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Dwight. And I’m afraid the irreversible damages leading to that apocalypse are already done. *sigh*

      Funny to say, though, the muse behind this poem was actually a (temporary) writer’s block. But, of course, climate change, being at the top of my agenda, tends to permeate my expressions and works too.

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