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Lament of the Oasis

Updated on May 13, 2012
An oasis lying in wait
An oasis lying in wait | Source

(What is an opportunity? Some believe it to be a door that opens at will. I believe opportunity to be an oasis in a desert; often taunting travelers with its mirage like appearance. Only the most persevering and dedicated individuals stumble across it. In life too, we tire easily while searching in vain for that opportune moment that would lift us to glory. What we fail to perceive, is the strong will demanded of a strong mind. We wouldn't find chances lying around for the taking as and when we please. It takes a great deal of effort to make good of an opportunity. There is only a slim chance that we'd come across another one anytime in the future.

History is filled with instances of people working relentlessly to make up for lost chances. Sadly, they hardly stick around enough to encounter it and often times give up easily at the first sign of strife. This poem is my take on what an opportunity feels for those who fail to find it; a silent plea to be found, yet despair at being disappointed repeatedly).

The camel's hoofs sound away too far,

Sandstorms snarl in golden ring,

Dunes so high as mighty bars,

Scorching pins flying, painfully sting.

The nomad prays in wait, his load a mess,

Desert nectar he craves, beyond reach rests.

Not distant, an oasis peacefully stills,

His current silent in the wind's wake,

He trembles in glee, a nomad beyond hills,

He sees heaving, sinking in molten lake.

He beckons the storm, demands surrender,

Traveler’s thirst quenched, he would render.

The storm, a disciple, blows in haste,

Rising sandal castles, she sails,

To the lone man wilting sans elixir’s taste,

She promises joy and relief in pails.

Her reward unheard, he wails in pain,

Her flailing limbs blot vision in sand rain.

The oasis weeps his loss once more,

So long ages, he drifts unseen,

Many a man lost in mine's core,

Their spirits wander about his pearly sheen,

They sigh in regret, chance lost long in dreams,

His wish remains for a cloak of determined seams.

A mirage of chances to come
A mirage of chances to come | Source


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    • ashish04joshi profile image

      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      Beautiful imagery...and the way you weave words is is arty.

      'up' and 'beautiful'

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      Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Interesting piece with excellent imagery which tells us (as other poets) that you have the confidence to write good poetry. I believe opportunities are like trees within a forest.. always there growing.. often unseen by those who either don't know how to see the forest for the trees, or just can't reach out in the knowledge that they must give something up to receive the benefit of having the opportunity. Thanks for sharing your talent.. take care.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is a tremendous poem. Too true opportunities don't fall in our laps, we have to seek them out and then have the courage and determination to see them through.

      You have expressed an awesome take on this.


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      Eric Calderwood 5 years ago from USA

      I have missed many opportunities through carelessness or lack of perseverance. Hoping to change that now. Life can be hard, but opportunity awaits.

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      kennynext 5 years ago from Everywhere

      awesome. keep on writing

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful and heartfelt.

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      Shampa Sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and beautiful!

      I liked your poem and the point you have raised about will power is certainly true.

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      silverstararrow 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Claire 5 years ago

      That is beautiful and so true.