Nothing is as it Seems by Shobana Gomes

An abstract image of two bronze hands resting in water holding a transparent glass globe with a tiny dark figure walking toward an orange light which is merged with other colors and the background is a depiction of the universe
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Nothing is ever as it seems,

Not the world and all its jargon,

Or the endless proclamation,

Of words, spoken and written, that conjure up no meaning,

No, not even when the pen runs out of ink,

An unfinished tale, left aside, with no ending,

Does it hearken any implication?

Nothing is as it seems,

Not the tides that rush to shore, when sunrise begins its early morning streaming,

Or when dusk returns, once more, to brush away the sunset’s seduction,

Or the skies that team up with the clouds to force the Sun

To stay hidden,

While stray birds come out of their nests,

Spreading wings uncertain,

Because the day is clouded and overshadowed,

By a conspicuous lacking!

Nothing is as it seems,

Not even the songs that are sung by starlings,

For the owl hoots away the enchantment of its inspired singing,

Or when the air is frozen, unlike spring which is so invigorating,

We cease inhaling, exhaling traces of insipid breathing,

Leaving behind liberty to revel in constricted freedom,

Nothing is as it seems.


Shobana Gomes lives in sunny Malaysia. She believes that poetry is a culmination of heart and soul. Therein she finds her peace and inspiration. She advocates that life is a gift and believes that every person has a right to freedom. You can follow her on her social media pages or visit her blog SIMPLY SHOBANA to read her work.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Shobana’s poetry gives words and structure to the illusion of life and the falsity of existence. Are we moving forward or is the state of humankind slipping backwards? When all appears bright and well, are we simply a step away from falling into a self-dug pit of damnation? Do certain answers come with questions and others with repercussions? If breaths have to be taken upon certain conditions, then we’ve already breathed our last as a civilization.
    Congratulations Shobana!

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  2. Thank you, Terveen. Yes, so right you are. When all appears bright and well, are we simply a step away from falling into a self-dug pit of damnation? I love that question.

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  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Dear Shobana I guess I am not the only one who feels that way often too many days. Yet I believe that the world is in fact going backwards in regards to loving and living the way we should. This is a beautiful depiction of just that sense that one gets when one listens to the news or reads about income inequality resulting from the inequity within societies today. Another beautiful write Shobana. Blessings to you and your family, Joni

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    1. Thank you, Joni. Yes, in many ways the world is going backward, it’s true. Just one of those poems that release pent-up emotions. Blessings to you and your family, too.


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