“Winds of Sorrow” published at MasticadoresIndia

I’m excited to let you know that my poem “Winds of Sorrow” has been published at MasticadoresIndia. Many thanks to Terveen Gill and her team for sharing my poem with their readers. Terveen’s presence on WordPress is a gift for all writers—not only is she a brilliant editor, she’s also an amazing person who is generous with her support and encouragement. I’m deeply grateful to see my work included at MasticadoresIndia. Sincerest thanks, Terveen!

“Winds of Sorrow”

“My beloved kiku lay in withered waste
Yet their ivory tears still fall
Drift against the sides of my heart
Winter’s woeful weeping…”

I’d be delighted if you would read the rest of my poem by clicking this link. Also, be sure to follow and subscribe to MasticadoresIndia—it’s a wonderful place for those who love writing.

32 thoughts on ““Winds of Sorrow” published at MasticadoresIndia

  1. Congratulations, Mike, on the publication of yet another brilliant poem! The flow is remarkable, and its melancholic atmosphere enhances its beauty. These closing lines are incredibly powerful,

    “And yet I still endure
    Wake each day to a barren world
    Pass my time in haze of regrets
    Wait for callous night with its numbing dreams

    And yearn for winter’s end
    Which never comes”


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    1. Hey, Aaysid. Thanks so much for your always kind and in-depth appraisals. There is beauty in sorrow sometimes, and taking sorrow and molding it into something new can be cathartic and rejuvenating for the soul. As melancholy as this one is, I had so much fun writing it. I was struck by how stark and austere the winters are in northern Japan (Hokkaido prefecture) in images I’ve seen, and the cold and silent winter landscapes lent themselves freely to my train of thought. I tend to love writing about the still, contemplative silence of nature, and the imagery was so detailed and vital in my mind as I wrote this one. I’m glad to know it resonated with you. I respect your opinions so much because of your bountiful poetic talents, so your words really made me smile. Thank you for that. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Friedrich. I love how you describe this as having “the essence of a haiku that expands in physical and psychological space.” You articulate this so well, and really capture what was going through my head as I wrote this. I have a “haiku place” in my mind where I go to seek inspiration for my poetry, and this poem is based on that place. It truly is, in essence, an expanded haiku. I would love to be able to visit Japan someday and experience the art, culture and landscapes. It would be a life-altering event, I think. Anyway, thank you so much for your constant support and kind words. Much gratitude to you, my friend. 🙂

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  2. There is only whiteness
    The aimlessness of a long life
    Poorly lived, poorly loved, a life
    Bereft of meaning, bereft of color

    And yet I still endure
    Wake each day to a barren world
    Pass my time in haze of regrets
    Wait for callous night with its numbing dreams

    You speak for a lot of people, Mike.


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    1. Thanks a bunch, David. Sadness certainly seems to be a prevalent part of the human condition, unfortunately. Most of my writing deals with melancholy themes. I oftentimes wonder what my poetry (and life in general) would be like had I been born into a different family in a different part of the world? I suppose I’m right where I’m supposed to be, after all is said and done, and the best I can do is try to process my life in the most effective manner possible. I write about it. I wish writing about it would actually fix it, but hey, I can dream, can’t I? 😀 Oh well. Thanks so much for your support, my friend. I’m always delighted to see you visit. Much appreciated. 🙂

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  3. Dear Mike,

    This is my second attempt at submitting this comment, as I am unsure whether my first attempt was successful or not.

    Thank you for notifying us about your achievement on having your poem entitled “Winds of Sorrow” published at MasticadoresIndia.

    Happy summer to you soon!

    Yours sincerely,

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    1. Hey there, friend! Good to see you again, SoundEagle. 🙂 As for your comment not appearing immediately, a while back I had to adjust the comments section of my blog so every comment now goes to moderation before appearing. I began getting lots of spam posts which, thankfully, my spam filter caught, hence my decision to change the comment settings. Anyway, now all comments go to moderation before posting, so there may be a bit of a delay. Thanks for your kind words, and I wish you a most enjoyable spring and soon-to-be summer! 🙂

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    1. Hello, friend! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I’m glad you enjoyed this poem, and I’m always happy to see you stop by and say hello. Here’s wishing you a good week ahead. 🙂

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    2. Yes, it’s been a while since my last poem was posted–about a month or so. Writer’s block gets pretty difficult for me sometimes so I’m not always able to post a lot. I wish I could. I see other bloggers posting every day and I wish I could write that freely, too. I must just do the best I can to overcome the problem so the words will flow again. I’m always delighted when I see your comments, and I thank you for that. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly, Layla. I’m so pleased to know you liked this one and I’m always grateful for your warm and supportive comments. What would life be without longing? It either holds us back or keeps us going (I haven’t figured out which yet… 😀 ). I sincerely appreciate your stopping by. Your poetry is gorgeous, so receiving a compliment from you is truly inspiring. Much gratitude to you. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. Your kindness is always appreciated. And kudos to you on your book release! Goodness, you’ve become a literary rock star! Best of luck with the book. I’m so happy for you! 🙂

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