as above, so below



As above, so below,
Drenched in wealth from head to toe,
Through stretching darkness, we simply glow,
Look at who we are.

Watch us move like the river Nile,
Burning sands turned to golden isles,
Calloused hands, but beaming smiles,
Look at what we’ve done.

Through the madness, we shall thrive,
Pushing upwards to greet the sky,
Tired limbs, but still alive,
Look how far we’ve come.

Do not think we’ve lived unharmed,
We hide our scars within our charm,
Of this, you need not be alarmed,
For this, we shall become:

When we rise, we’ll soar like birds,
Join the sky, and greet our herd,
We’ve done enough, so spread the word,
But this is not our time.

The sky will touch the earth again,
Through rain, our breath will flow again,
Our seeds will sow and grow again,
And break the ground to shine.

About this poem

Celebrating the undying beauty and resilience of the global black community for this year's Black History Month.

Font size:
Collection  PDF     
 

Written on February 01, 2024

Submitted by lancai on February 08, 2024

52 sec read
51

Quick analysis:

Scheme AAAX XBBX CXCD EXED XFFX GGGX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 810
Words 174
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

L A N ☥ C A I

L A N ☥ C A I, known formally as Alana Caire, is a self-taught writer and artist of 19 years, using poetry and essays to bring life to her lived experiences and worldly observations. more…

All L A N ☥ C A I poems | L A N ☥ C A I Books

1 fan

Discuss the poem as above, so below with the community...

2 Comments
  • npirandy
    Good job Alana! A suiting ode to culture.
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • studmo2
    I like the rhythm OF it,
    As well as the wisdom IN it!
    LikeReply 12 months ago

Translation

Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Citation

Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"as above, so below" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 25 May 2024. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/182647/as-above,-so-below>.

Become a member!

Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

May 2024

Poetry Contest

Join our monthly contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and attain global acclaim for your talent.
6
days
10
hours
27
minutes

Special Program

Earn Rewards!

Unlock exciting rewards such as a free mug and free contest pass by commenting on fellow members' poems today!

Browse Poetry.com

Quiz

Are you a poetry master?

»
AA Milne wrote: "A bear, however hard he tries..."
A "can never stop telling lies"
B "stinks and attracts the flies"
C "has very very tired eyes"
D "grows tubby with no exercise"