Under the Surface

Deep down there are implications of things
seemingly hidden and yet sharply expressed,
proofs that the heart in fact heavily sings,
is signaling more than by voice addressed.
Carvings of pain, a self-punishment stressed,
the failure felt etched in traces of guilt,
good intentions, real desires unfulfilled,
depressing days, cruel situations,
essential needs mere waiting to be stilled.
Deep down it scars, our human relations.
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Submitted by ludy_b on May 05, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 427
Words 73
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 10

Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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  • donka_k
    Rich and beautiful expression of the condition of the heart. Your words are clear and deeply meaningful
    LikeReply 121 days ago
  • IzzyMG
    Hauntingly beautiful, concise, powerful and easy to relate to
    LikeReply 121 days ago
  • alanswansea18
    Beautiful piece of work.
    LikeReply 121 days ago
  • israel_u
    Still waters run deep.
    LikeReply 121 days ago
  • MaliMis1986
    I absolutely love how your poem touched my soul when I read it.

    Keep up the amazing work!
    LikeReply 221 days ago
  • alanswansea18
    This one I love.
    LikeReply 122 days ago
  • S.Zaynab.Kamoonpury
    A great poem, superb soulful musings well expressed. Kudos!

    Plz also read and comment on my newest poem.
    LikeReply 22 years ago


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