Loke Kok yee


By A Brook - Poem by Loke Kok yee

I sat alone beside a bubbling brook
Early on a frosty morn in May
Slowly it stole through the shady woods
As the sun lit up for a sunny day

It tripped and tumbled over stubborn rocks
Gurgling ‘twixt roots that were in the way
The reeds it weaved through will be mocked
My smooth passage you cannot delay

The dragonflies above the waters high
Swirled and swayed in a cluster so gay
Frantic mayflies knowing their end is nigh
Will dance till their short lives drift away

The dainty butterflies in colours bright
Fluttered and whirled over the laughing spray
They gathered in a nearby bank that's dry
And wiled their precious time away

Water striders frolicked in a group so tight
Skimming on the surface like a sleigh
With their legs so long and a body light
When disturbed you'll have a dazzling display

The larvae from the deep had crawled
To a dry bough and in a massed array
There they'll sleep then together one and all
Evolve with wings and with their kind they'll play

Little fishes hid in crags and nooks
For predators they hold in dismay
Too late! The fisher from a branch had swooped
In his beak was one that went astray

On the bottom amid the moving sand
A tiny crab seemed to have lost his way
He'll better move for he can't withstand
‘Cause the current will not be held at bay

So I sat and watched with much delight
What nature had offered me that day
And I hope and pray when I sleep each night
In the morrow my brook is there to stay

Topic(s) of this poem: nature


Comments about By A Brook by Loke Kok yee

  • Bharati Nayak (7/9/2017 1:42:00 AM)


    It is all beauty by this brook I am revisiting to drink its calm and serene beauty. (Report) Reply

    Loke Kok Yee (8/2/2017 11:43:00 AM)

    Thank you Bharati for going back to read this early poem of mine.

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  • Simone Inez Harriman (5/15/2017 12:26:00 AM)


    I really felt like I was there. Your poem is outstanding and so descriptive of your brook. You are very lucky to have such beauty right there...awesome.10+++ (Report) Reply

    Loke Kok Yee (5/15/2017 2:00:00 AM)

    I always keep a little spot for nature, Thank you Simone

  • Akhtar Jawad (5/13/2017 6:17:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem nicely illustrated by a beautiful picture. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (12/5/2016 2:13:00 PM)


    Bro! this is a FANTASTIC nature tour of your brook! ! i got caught up with editing thoughts a bit, which slowed me down and detracted (a little) from my enjoyment, but still it was very entertaining, more so because i have seen some of what you've described. and now i see egrets or herons in the photo! more predators!

    i researched while away vs wile away. using while is MORE proper, but wile has come to be widely accepted my source told me.

    you sometimes match nouns with verb tenses in a way i would not., or singular nouns with ‘plural verbs’ or plural nouns with ‘singular verbs’. I hope I’m making myself clear. ;)

    for example, i would use:

    roots that're

    but WAIT! ! ! ! ...........I JUST found the following....[maybe i'd better use that are OR not use contractions at all! ! ! But we can claim “poetic license”! ! ! :) : :) ]

    Grammar Source
    If it weren't for the exceptions, English wouldn't have any rules.
    November 12
    ‘That’re’ Contraction Not Real English

    Contractions are a handy feature in English grammar, allowing us to combine a couple of words into one. Contractions such as we’re and they’re are fine, but I just received an email using the would-be contraction that’re, which is completely bogus and not acceptable in standard English.

    Another such unacceptable contraction would be there’re.

    Though I know by ear and experience that that’re and there’re are both incorrect English, finding a rule to explain why isn’t so easy to do. I did a Google search on “rules for contractions in English” and found all kinds of sites showing examples of how to correctly use contractions, but not a single site that could cite a rule concerning when contractions shouldn’t be used.

    If anyone finds the rules, please let me know.

    Meanwhile, remember this: Contractions should never be used in formal writing, whether a college essay or a business proposal. In fact, contractions should generally be confined to oral communication.
    I’m beginning to think the guy/gal who wrote the above is wrong! WHAT DO OTHERS THINK, I WONDER.
    And:

    I would use: “butterflies ……flutter and whirl”

    Favorite stanza [though ALL are my favorites! ]:

    “Water striders frolic in a group so tight,
    Skimming on the surface like a sleigh.
    With their legs so long and a body light,
    When disturbed you'll have a dazzling display.”

    To MyPoemList.
    I also would like to use the poem in my/our Section A of December’s showcase. Ok? ? ? ? ? ?
    LET ME KNOW.

    Bri :)
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    Loke Kok Yee (12/5/2016 8:30:00 PM)

    Bri, as I had said before; you can do whatever you like with my poems.putting it on your list is a compliment and I thank you for doing that. The problem with the nerves in my eye are slowly getting better. I hope to be back and writing soon! thanks again.

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/29/2016 8:07:00 PM)


    Verily, a lovely description of the brook and its muse (Report) Reply

  • Lily Yang (2/10/2016 1:45:00 AM)


    Beautiful description in details.Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (12/14/2015 2:51:00 AM)


    Sitting alone beside a bubbling brook is very fantastic in this sharing. Very wise and amazingly presented poem shared. Wisely drafted.10 (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/16/2015 4:59:00 PM)


    Wow! This is amazing! I really enjoyed reading this poem... It left me feeling, lighthearted, and buoyant! What a great detailed description of the brook and the diversity of life within it... A metaphor for the world? Just wonderful! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (10/13/2015 11:45:00 AM)


    This happens to be your first poem other than a limerick that has caught my sight and I can say it with conviction that there is more substance in your poetry than meets the eyes. The nature plays diligently in the landscape of emotions. A real pleasure. Thanks a lot.
    I sat alone beside a bubbling brook / It trips and tumbles over stubborn rocks / The dragonflies..... will dance till their short lives drift away / a tiny crab seemed to have lost his way.
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  • Melvina Germain (10/10/2015 5:38:00 AM)


    I found myself smiling large while sitting beside that lovely brook and you know it brought back memories of many peaceful afternoons in my youth...Thank you loke kok yee (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (10/6/2015 7:52:00 AM)


    Lovely poem. Enjoyed the imagery. Loved the last stanza. This is the best reward that nature offers us. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (9/27/2015 4:50:00 AM)


    Lovely depiction of a babbling brook- - -That beautiful picture to stay in the mind with a prayer on lips as the poet says So I watched with much delight
    What nature offered me that day
    And I I hope and pray when I sleep each night
    , in the morrow my brook be there to stay.
    (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (9/22/2015 4:01:00 AM)


    The poem is a beautiful description, wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (9/18/2015 10:11:00 AM)


    Great imagery.....brook and brook-side nature exquisitely captured! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (9/18/2015 5:45:00 AM)


    I could clearly see a babbling brook with all of nature passing by. Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/16/2015 10:44:00 AM)


    A Lovely poem! This resembles one of my poems- By the Side of a Brook! The bubbling brook and its winding course with all the live forms in and around are beautifully and imaginatively described here! Enjoyed it much! A 10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 14, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 9, 2017


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