Poem of the Day


The bigger picture


The wavelet had frolicked for hours that day

with no cause at all to be wary

when met by a vision just metres away

so dire and so terribly scary.


A larger wave surging from somewhere behind

could sense little wave’s consternation.

It said, “You look anxious and if you don’t mind

let’s pause for a brief conversation”


“But look at that beach and you’ll see what’s in store,”

said little wave, helplessly crying.

“Those waves up ahead have all crashed on the shore.

I tell you, we waves are all dying!”


The little wave quivered in utter despair.

“I’m frightened to death,” it persisted .

“I know I’ll expire on that sand over there

with nothing to show I existed.”


“Relax”, said the larger wave, “go with the flow,

there’s no need for all this commotion.

You’re not a forgettable ripple, you know…

you’re part of a beautiful ocean.


Jenny Erlanger

Jenny said: This poem is based on a tale told by  Morrie Schwartz in the book, “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom.









4 thoughts on “Poem of the Day

  1. Beautifully crafted, Jenny. I loved the contrasts, vocabulary and rhymes – a model with a message for all aspiring, self-doubting writers.

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