Soul Song, a poem




Can you hear it?

It’s in the words

between the lines,

barely uttered.

It is there

rising from the page

full of meaning

crying out –

both reader and writer,


but it is there.

It is in the rising melody

of hope

spun within a song

often overtaken,


by all the noise

but later, you notice

it repeats, it echoes

and your heart finally deciphers

the phrased lines

and remembers its meaning.

Shadows may have

grow long over your heart

but now, aware –

you rise and sing.

And as you are singing,

the sound becomes

the words to your own story.


(c) Sumyanna 2017


24 Comments Add yours

  1. glitterandbones says:

    In love this!! It reads like a melody in my mind. Wonderfully penned. It reminded me the importance of art, stories, connectivity. It lit a fire under me – thank you for the inspiration 🙂

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so very much. I appreciate that!


  2. 7128788elf says:

    Reblogged this on charles1958 and commented:
    This is a powerful poem, which I think can speak to us all in different ways, but I feel the positivity growing in my own song from the deep…. Please enjoy.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you so much for sharing. I greatly appreciate it Charles.

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      1. 7128788elf says:

        Pleasure, it deserved to be.

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  3. 7128788elf says:

    Wow, Sumyanna, this poem really spoke to me, and I’m sure it will speak to many, I absolutely love it, and feel yes there is this melody inside that twists and turns and rises in hope, and you have born it out so well, so have decided I must re-blog this and share it with all my other followers, best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you. I haven’t been writing much lately as I have been working on an important project. However, at some point in time I feel I will burst unless I write 🙂 This was the product of that pent up need to sing. So glad you like it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      1. 7128788elf says:

        Pleasure, it has been well liked with 17 likes on my blog plus 4 on my facebook page, including the internationally known Serb poet Helena Santic-Isakov. It is a great poem, even if it was just an outflow of emotion.

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        1. Sumyanna says:

          Wow – I cannot thank you enough. Man, you know an internationally known poet? Pretty cool 🙂 So very glad you enjoyed it.

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          1. 7128788elf says:

            I met her in Yeoville Johannesburg, we became friends quickly, and I helped her translate some of her poetry into English, which I have put on the blog under the title of translations. She and her husband left Serbia just before the wars broke out. They wanted to get married but she was Serbian ( the family was originally Croatian) and he was from a gypsy family, and they were scorned in there own country, so came to South Africa to get married and start a new life. They applied to become citizens, and had 3 children out here, then the government repatriated them to Serbia, where they live on a farm, near the Romanian border. I visited them in Belgrade, and we did a poetry reading together, there were lots of people who came to listen. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.


          2. Sumyanna says:

            I think I remember you mentioning her before, but I could be wrong. Such amazing stories you have Charles. Really, just absolutely fascinating. Do you realize that? Just wow – I am awestruck. I just homeschool the kids and don’t get the opportunity to socialize as much because we are always beauty. Your life reads like a fascinating novel.

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          3. 7128788elf says:

            It certainly has had lots of stories and chapters, sometimes I wonder if I were not dyslexic, and did not turn away from the men’s world would I have achieved more in this vain? or gone off in another direction altogether. Sometimes I am a bit hard on myself think perhaps I too had an agenda to all that I did, maybe I did it to fit in and to make friends and survive. But then again may I just did it out of the good of my heart, or some of each. Perhaps I should tell all the stories to help myself see what is what.

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          4. Sumyanna says:

            Oh, never underestimate the impact you have made already. Life is a test – and we all have things to overcome. I cannot imagine that we would have our strengths were it not for the difficulties. I think it helps you realize the power of words. Any good done – even if for seemingly selfish reasons also usually has some good intent. There are many other ways those actions could have leaned, but you chose to do something for the benefit of others. In the end, I don’t doubt people are thankful.

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          5. 7128788elf says:

            Yes I’m sure you are write, and thanks for that, I think it just shows the insecurities I live with, and am slowly overcoming: namely huge self doubt. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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          6. Sumyanna says:

            No worries. Just know that even for those who seem “to have it all” also have insecurities. I guess it is just a part of life. I have found many Dyslexics – despite having difficulties and doubt, have the ability to really outshine those who have it easier. I am amazed at how my kids have coped and how their talents grow. Realize that about yourself. It shows (even if you don’t see it) – you have talent.

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          7. 7128788elf says:

            Sorry to take so long to answer, I fell asleep while the computer was downloading emails, and only woke up min time to rush off to work. My wife Genevieve loves my work, and is pushing me to publish (certainly there is enough – I have several thousand poems to choose from; which makes the job rather daunting!) and I know she is right, but there are these little whispers … Which you are correct, in saying I should finds ways to stop these destructive negative thought patterns. Maybe I have to be more forgiving, but I don’t really hold grudges against anybody or anything, but think maybe deep down inside things are different, and it is here that I must work.


          8. Sumyanna says:

            I do hope you do publish at some point. I know – the number is rather astounding when you think of it! It is nice to revisit works you may have forgotten though or just overlook them again with a new eye 🙂 Don’t let those negative voices drown you out, they are nothing but nonsense…

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          9. 7128788elf says:

            Yes it is one of the many things that I will make time for. Wish I could just stop the world for a month, and get things done… But am slowly changing my life around so that I can make the times.


          10. Sumyanna says:

            So glad to hear you are. I am trying. It is not always easy as life slips right in and messes up your plans. You just have to keep trying.

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          11. 7128788elf says:

            Yes one has to have the need to get it done, and I don’t want to wait until my retirement in about 6 years time.

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          12. Sumyanna says:

            You would not want to wait till then. Could you imagine how many poems you would write by then! Oh, the work 🙂

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          13. 7128788elf says:

            Good point, it is daunting enough now!, so will make a start!

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  4. This is a wonderful poem, Sumyanna.

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    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you sweet Robbie!


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