Pushing Through

Though the sun will not shine when dark clouds align,
It is never torn asunder,
But fleet-footed joy is cautiously coy
And flees from the sound of thunder.

He rides with the stars, in fairs and bazaars,
And thrives wherever there’s laughter,
But when rain starts to fall, away he will trawl
To find the sunshine he’s after.

How silly is joy, a misguided boy,
To search for the rays of the sun
By running away from gloom-glowered day
Before the storm has begun.

For the sun’s always there behind clouds of despair,
And it’s through these clouds one must run;
To break through the pain, you must swim through the rain
To embrace the warmth of the sun.

90 thoughts on “Pushing Through

  1. I enjoyed the portrayal of happiness and pain. I love how it conjured the emotions. Brilliant poem as always.

    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment. Your words always make me smile. πŸ™‚

  2. Very well spoken Cubby!

    1. I’m so glad you thought so! πŸ™‚

  3. True and wise. Great advice and a wonderful poem:) Excellent.

    1. We all need to be reminded, myself especially, that happiness is always there waiting for us to find it. πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful verses πŸ™‚

  5. You have such outstanding skill. I wish I knew 10% as much as you about poetry

    1. I do not know as much as you think I do, but perhaps more than I think I do. Hmm, maybe those two balance each other out and I really know nothing. That makes perfect sense. πŸ˜‰

  6. Wonderful words to live by, slowly getting back to things

    1. I was very happy to see your posts today! I hope you take it easy and do not work yourself too hard.

  7. Awe inspiringly rhymed and written. A beautiful poem

    1. Aw, you are too kind. Thank you so much for your generous words. πŸ™‚

  8. Ah…for rain lovers ’tis easy, searching for the sun behind dark rainy days..one has to remember, but its hard to do that, when one has one’s head in dark clouds. But this poem will help me to try and focus on happier, sunnier days…great job done as usual, love how you worked it out…give joy a hug for me!

    1. It is a very hard thing to do when all one can see is rain and darkness, and something I must remember as well. I will hug joy when I find some dessert. πŸ™‚

      1. A little sweetness in life helps us find joy πŸ˜‰

  9. Alright, if you’ve got a book, I’ll buy it!!!!! You are unreal. Ten times better than I am. (Hey, that sounds like a line to a poem) – and that rhymes. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m left with mixed feelings from your comment as I am very happy you enjoy my work but am sad that you underestimate your own abilities. No book yet, but maybe some day. πŸ™‚

      1. Dear Cubby, do you like my poems? I am untrained and unschooled. But I have promise. I am learning a bit from you. Thank you for being teacher. Sandra

        1. Yes, I like the poems that I have been able to read. I am currently learning myself by gleaning what I can from the World Wide Web and divulging what I learn in the challenges I offer. I am more than happy to pass along this information as long as there are people who value it. πŸ™‚

          1. I adore it. I think that my poems are more often rondeau, but I have tried other styles too. Thank you so much. Sandra πŸ™‚

  10. Beautiful Cubby, pure therapy in flowing rhyme!

    1. I am so glad you think so. Thank you so much, Shainbird. πŸ™‚

  11. Love it. There can be joy in the rain…

    1. Yes, even in rain there can be joy, although I prefer not to get wet. πŸ™‚

  12. Really really love this one!

    1. Ah, that makes me very happy. πŸ™‚

  13. The first two lines are just killer.
    I was reading through your blog about a month ago, and I must say, you have extensive knowledge of the poetic form.
    I often stop by to receive inspiration for new meters to convolute.
    Great stuff.

    1. The knowledge I have is very recently gained for the purpose of the challenges. I think one of the greatest things about learning new forms is exactly that…to convolute them later into something else. I’m so glad you can find some inspiration here. πŸ™‚

  14. I love how you relate this to the weather. I’m one of those people who can take a new mood depending on the prevailing weather. Sunshine, high blue skies never see me sad. Dark and long depressing nights never fail to sadden me. But a lovely reminder that happiness and joy are just hiding behind dark clouds. Such a way with words.

    ‘For the sun’s always there behind clouds of despair,
    And it’s through these clouds one must run;
    To break through the pain, you must swim through the rain
    To embrace the warmth of the sun.’

    So spot on. :)x

    1. Weather does make such a difference in our moods. I dread the winter because of the short days with little sun. Sigh. I will have to make up for it with lots of hot cocoa and winter treats. Thank you so much for your delightful thoughts. πŸ™‚

      1. If I could hibernate in winter I would. The endless nights with so few daylight hours are a curse to seasonally affected people. Lots of hot buttered toast, pots of steaming tea and bars of chocolate are the best consolation! Works – a bit – for me.
        You captured it so well. Truly.
        I invested last year in a ‘light box’ to see if it would alter my moods during winter and I think it actually helped. I didn’t go off the deep end. But you’ve got to get the right kind and an appropriate amount of lux.
        Really worth it. That reminds me. I need to start using it again now that we’re into the onset of winter. Big hugs. And sunny days always ahead.x

        1. Yes, hibernating all winter sounds absolutely divine. We have light boxes here too, and I may consider one this year if I find myself getting really down. Pots of steaming tea and chocolate bars will definitely help. πŸ™‚

  15. Oh Cubby, you are shining through the storm clouds with this one!

    Some critique if you don’t mind. This poem is feeling a little simplistic and obvious for me at the moment. Maybe because I have just been reading some much heavier material beforehand or maybe it’s my mood rebelling at the positiveness.

    Anyway, not to detract from your definite craftmanship here.

    1. My poems tend to be simplistic and obvious, and I do not view that as criticism but merely an accurate observation. This is my usual style, and I am quite happy with it. I appreciate your feedback and understand that my poems may not suit every mood or preference. As long as you enjoyed it in some way, I am happy. πŸ™‚

      1. Ahh but do not let your happiness be dependant on my enjoyment.

        1. I am happy when I can bring enjoyment to others, and it does make me sad if I fail to do so, but my overall happiness remains unaffected. πŸ™‚

  16. This is so beautifully expressed. I loved the description of pain and it’s opposite. The driving message of hope is inspirational. The last stanza is wonderful πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, RB. Your words are so comforting. πŸ™‚

      1. Aaaahh you are so so welcome! I love everything that you write- I’m a secret ‘groupie’!! LOL!

        I’m glad my small words provided comfort :)))

  17. Ah, the sound of your rhyme and the depth of your words. I appreciate its simplicity. Peace, love and light.

    1. I am so glad you appreciate the simplicity of my words. I find sometimes the message is stronger this way. πŸ™‚

  18. Cubby, I always have a rollicking good time reading your poems aloud! The joy you take in your craft is so obvious and infectious it’s an inspiration to all of us!


    1. You don’t know how happy that makes me! Thank you so much, Ron. πŸ™‚

  19. Beautifully penned and very wise, sweet friend. xxxx. πŸ™‚

    1. Many kind thanks, Skye. πŸ™‚

  20. Enjoyed it immensely.. One to save… for sure..!! πŸ™‚

    1. I am so happy you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

  21. If only I had wings. Another enjoyable read. Thank you.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  22. An interesting point, how joy flees from adversity instead of riding out the storm of emotion. Unlike the sun, though, joy doesn’t have the same perspective to see when the storm will end. Hope is required, faith is required….the sun needs neither.

    1. Very well stated, soberflight. You always see the deeper meaning in my poems…if there is one. πŸ˜‰

  23. How delightful is, “To embrace the warmth of sun.”
    As always…

  24. Greatness again…

    1. You are too kind. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  25. lulupoetrycorner October 19, 2013 — 9:34 am

    Just beautiful…I Love to read your writings…keep them coming:)

    1. That means a lot to me. Many kind thanks. πŸ™‚

  26. Awesome! Needed that. Interestingly enough, I heard a sermon this am talking about “pushing through”… I’m listening!

    1. I hope this didn’t come across as too preachy hehe. πŸ™‚

  27. Beautifully expressed… Through the darkness to the light… There is where real gladness, as opposed to a pretence at happiness, is found… I am with you on that one!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  28. Lovely and inspiring. And such rich language and imagery. Beautiful, Cubby!

    1. Many kind thanks. Your words are always so lovely. πŸ™‚

  29. It’s all wonderful, and I especially like “gloom-glowered day”. I hate those days, but it’s a perfect description, and might just make me smile next time one shows up uninvited!

    1. I am so glad you liked that phrase as you use alliteration so effectively in your own poetry. Days like these unfortunately almost always come uninvited, but the sun is always waiting. πŸ™‚

  30. Oh, Cubby his is fabulous! I love the phrasing, the flow and the Feeling. I read through this one twice…second time aloud. Wonderous :).

    1. Ooo I’m so happy you read it out loud! Thank you so much for your lovely words! πŸ™‚

    1. That makes me very happy! πŸ™‚

  31. This is wonderful. It really is something I was looking for, loved the description of hope and gloom.

    1. I’m so glad you found something you were looking for in this poem. πŸ™‚

  32. Reblogged this on The matters of the heart and commented:
    Hope it makes you smile like it did me πŸ™‚

  33. Reblogged this on A Real Surrealist and commented:
    A poem to remind you to not give up hope.. Beautifully written. May it bring some peace to you.

  34. Absolutely beautiful verse — we have all experienced the dark side of the clouds, and can truly benefit from remembering that the sunshine is just beyond them.

    1. Yes, it is something that we must never try to lose sight of. Thank you for your lovely words. πŸ™‚

  35. Wow!! I continually refer to myself as some form of storm or another in1 my writing…..this one actually made me look at the storm a bit differently, thanks! AMAZING!!!

    1. I’m glad this could make you look at storms a little differently. πŸ™‚

  36. Good stuff! If the sky were never gray, but always blue, we’d have nothing to look forward to..

    1. Very well said. I’m glad you enjoyed this. πŸ™‚

  37. Life is often seen darkly even though everything is bright. The contrast reminds us this is an imperfect world we live at.

    1. Yes, there is always light behind the darkness. πŸ™‚

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