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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Shutting Down

I long for that slowing down,
Like a train approaching its
Last station, the chug-chugging
Of the wheels
Fading, until you hear
No more.

I long for a quiet night,
A mind that is blank
And free to rest
The day’s worries
On a soft pillow, blanket,
And whirring of the fan.

I long for a lazy state,
When the soul is free
To wander, to move
To different worlds,
While the body lays down
In surrender.

If well-oiled machines
Are shut down
Once in a while for
Repair and maintenance,
If they can stop and rest,
Then so can I.

-Katherine Lopez
23 April 2011


  1. A lovely poem - I can feel the longing and the opening image of the train really works for me. I hope you enjoyed your rest as much as I did your poem.

  2. Well said Katherine!
    I loved the 3rd stanza.. I so wish to be liberated; dancing across the different worlds.

    very well written.. Loved the rhythm!

    Hugs xox

  3. nice work you have here Katherine...:-)

  4. whirring of the fan- couldn't have described it better kat! my potluck..

  5. I hope your train has chugged into the station for a time of overhaul. Nice analogy.


  6. I'm with you 100%....may you have the maintenance you wish for!!

  7. @poetry-diary: Yes I did and I'm thankful I was finally given time to rest. :) Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed my poem.

    @Olivia: Thank you for your comment. I'm glad that you were able to relate to my poem. Thank you :D

    @Sam: Thank you. I'm glad you appreciated my poem. :)

    @fiveloaf: Haha whirring of the fan. I imagined the fan in my bedroom when I wrote that. Thank you for your comment :D

    @poetpost: Yes it has. Thanks to the weekend. Hehe. Thank you for your comment. Loved your poem as well.

    @Lyn: You too. May you not feel sooooo exhausted with daily work. May you always find time to rest :) Thank you for your comment.

  8. love it,
    honest and fun.


    bless your day.

  9. Galing ng poem. Eto nanaman ako, nagwi-wish na sana I could rhyme the way you do.

    Enjoy your blog break!

    By the way, can I invite you to contribute at The Kablogs Journal? We will be delighted to have you as our contributor for June Issue. Ang theme for the month of June ay all about kay Ama/Father/papa/ Daddy.

    On another note, pwede ba tayo mag X-links? I made a stand-alone page for all blogs that I follow.

    Big thanks!

  10. Hi Misalyn!

    Thanks for your comment on the poem. :)

    Re. Kablogs Journal, sure! :D I'll be happy to contribute.

    And yes, let's exchange links. Add kita sa blogroll ko.