Poetry: Sonnet – Silver Lining

New Poetry by Scottish Writer DS Coremans #FoDiByLi

Friday 24 September 2021

Haiku – Shade 

Standing in the shade,

prevents you from burning up

in the glare of light.


Writing Prompt

Friday 24 September 2021

Use the pictures and/or this common cliché as inspiration for a poem or story:

“Every cloud has a silver lining.”

Photo by Jonny Clow on Unsplash

Cinquain – Tears of Joy

The cloud

brings not sadness,

tears may fall from heaven;

these tears are always tears of joy

for life.


Sonnet – Silver Lining

Looking to the clouds for silver lining,
my eyes open to either shade or glare.
Mercurial light steals my sightless stare,
mistakes revealed under new light shining.

I release the past for which I’m pining,
looking forward with a careful caution.
I push myself with pride; resting often
my goals move closer, I’m underlining

the things I value most, which aren’t just mine.
I have to share all that I am to grow,
closer still an as yet unspoken goal
slips away; what I need the most is time.
When life is moving fast I stop and slow,
without regret, I do this for my soul.


Photo by Marc Wieland on Unsplash

Triolet – Into the Light

Step into the light,

dispel your shadow,

yes even at night.

Step into the light,

it may be too bright,

you will be aglow.

Step into the the light,

dispel your shadow.


Author’s Note:

Today’s poems were a response to the Common Cliché Writing Prompt #1 “Every cloud has a silver lining.”

Life cannot be lived entirely in the spotlight. We cannot stand a whole day exposed entirely to the sun. For a while, perhaps, and at first we may bask in the brilliance of the sun’s light. After a short time the same source of heat and light begins to burn. Our flesh becoming brittle and burned, red and raw.

It becomes too much to bear and we must find shade, a cool corner or just feel blessed when the clouds finally return to cover the sun providing a reprieve.

In the shade of cloud cover we may see the clouds as a gift rather than a curse.

“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.”

Maurice Setter

The sonnet ‘Silver Lining’ is another in the theme I’ve been returning to lately of rest, recuperation and reflection themes continues on within the companions. The final companion ‘Stand Within’ moves onto the theme of persistence and personal growth.

Like all things we cannot just presume to persist at 100% at all times. We need downtime as much as we need to stay busy, and it is in reflection that we find the positives that have come from experiences that we assumed were negatives at the time.

Within the light you are exposed but have the right rest in shadow. Out of sight you find your peace of mind.



Zanze – Stand Within

If you can bear to stand within
the harshest glow of hallow light;
you’ll feel the divine in your skin
release all need to fear and fight.

If you can bear to stand
beside me for a while;
you may yet understand
why it is hard to smile.

If you can bear
the pain of love
you need not care
when times are tough.

If you
need to begin
try standing somewhere new,
if you can bear to stand within.

Callander, Scotland (May 2008) ©DSCoremans

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Happy Writing. Stay Safe. Stay Distracted.

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