Tuesday, 4 November 2014




Likes to think herself

As a pebble

It’s not out of humility


She has become one

A rock she was

Slowly very slowly

Erosion began

When those waves were flowing

Over her

She was dragged

Down and down

By the current

Into a dark hollow

Of sorrow

The bruise                                                                                       

Was wearing her away

But she is of rock material

Not so easy to grind her

She has changed her texture

On purpose

She is smooth to touch

Her contusion in streaks of quartz


That amazing inner light

In multifarious hues

Make others bow in awe

A miracle of God is




*She is a dear friend of mine and my inspiration. Having lost her only child, husband and very recently her father she is still standing and like the mighty pine deeply rooted to the faith in God is braving the storm. We’ve been friends from school and though she lives far away from my town we meet more than once in a year. I am in awe of her.




Posted for Alan’s prompt Pebbles @ Poetry Jam


  1. Sorry to hear about the losses of your friend, but I think she is an inspiration to one and all. Trudging along life, no matter what.

  2. smiles....life will wear you away if you dont adjust...becoming smooth and allowing the water to wash on by...maybe all the erosion was to wipe away all that was unnecessary you know...to get to what was most important...

  3. Love this it sings of hope in the midst of despair and loneliness. Great tribute.

  4. Very sorry for your loss. Very tragic life for your friend. She sounds truly amazing to keep going when life deals one blow after another.

  5. What a beautiful way to honor your dear friend, through all of her tremendous sadness.

  6. It sounds as if she is a wonderful friend. Though her edges have been worn down by the events of her life, she is still strong. Sometimes I wonder how these people do it ! No doubt she is an example to many!

  7. You have written beautifully about your friend and her resilience. I like how you used the images of rock, pebble and quartz.

  8. Must be such a strong and blessed character. Some people have a way of making good for themselves! Great thoughts Sumana!


  9. You feel quite humbled when you hear of these stories. She must be a very special person to cope with all of this.

  10. What a beautiful tribute to your friend. Indeed she must be made of solid something inside! You painted a loverly vision of her strength.

  11. I really enjoyed the strength of writing.

  12. Sumana,

    It is not easy to always be 'the rock,' others return to and seek to find comforting answers from...There are times when 'the rock,' needs compassion and good company too..A lovely tribute to your friend. I hope her troubles are soon eased with good friends to help.


  13. Sumana, I too am in awe, both of your friend and this gorgeous tribute. :-)

  14. A person like this gives strength to those around them, whether they realize it or not. Watching how she handles the setbacks of life can change the way others handle theirs.

  15. Lovely. Erosion can wear down or it can polish to catch the light. Beautiful metaphor.

  16. Stones are strong with an inner light...It is good to be as a stone

  17. Friends move and influence so much. and seeing them hurt and in pain is the worst feeling. Beautifully dedicated poem, and brilliant metaphor. :)

  18. She seems really a strong personality. Your words have described her so well and reflected an inspiration for all of us.

  19. salute to the rock strong friend of yours , nicely penned


  20. We seem to have thought along the same lines on this one, Sumana! Lovely thoughts beautifully expressed!


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