Reign of Pride | DJ Ranch


The raindrops flow in rivers down the window pane and I imagine them intersecting with the memories from another day. Looking through the glass, the outside world is distorted through the long water phalanges like streams…distorted like the conversation. My thoughts hijacked by the perceived slight. The harsh, uncaring attitude.

I watch the treetops swaying in the front moving through; cooler air today, and I imagine my emotions in the same frosty dance. Where are the birds this winter morning? Hunkered down like my soul. Withdrawn and sullen…waiting for the thundershower to pass.

Watching the rain fall from the sky, I feel a similar soaking…a reign of pride descends over me. Pouring into my mind in a fury of demand and obstinance. What will I do? Will this twister of self-righteousness consume me or will I forgive? The cost of holding on is high. The demands of love greater.

be steadfast in your daily actions
beware the reign of pridefulness
blustery ego demands
pouring into my thoughts
destructive actions

© 2014-2020 – Donna Matthews

Author’s notes:

The above poem is written in a form called Haibun. Haibun, is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku/senryu/tanka or in this case a nonet. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story, and travel journal. Learn more about various poetry styles here.

Nonet: The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line.

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and I hope you enjoyed reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing, painting, taking pictures, or traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and doing life together and would love to get to know you. I host two blogs…the first, The DJ Ranch, documents my personal adventures while the second, Slay The Chaos, focuses on mindsets, technology, productivity and organization. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

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