1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

The Lamp July 27, 2007


photo by kimbar

   I saw a funny lamp in a shop-window

 “How ugly!” – thought I and moved on.


 A friend of mine has bought that lamp

 I saw it lit up: “How beautiful!” – thought I.


How often do we pass by a funny, miserable person

 And walk away?


How often do we light up the others

 When we really can?



poem by axinia

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10 Responses to “The Lamp”

  1. I sometimes think when we love, we see people with their lamps lit. When we do not love, we see people without their lamps lit. Does that make any sense?

  2. axinia Says:

    Wonderful thought!!! Then why not always love?

  3. Diogenes Says:

    More beauty…

  4. pooyan Says:

    hi again, your poem was quite beautiful, but was it originally like this or it was in Russian and the translation you put here ?
    Anyway it is so nice.
    (small edit is needed: first couplet : “I” saw a …)

    • axinia Says:

      thank you 🙂
      the lines were written very spontaneosly I was too careless to check them 😦
      I wrote it in English, but yes, poetic English is difficult and I could not manage that well…anyway I wanted to express the feeling of this sudden “lamp” discovery I experienced.

  5. pooyan Says:

    spontaneous work has better vibration most of the time than complex literal couplets 😉
    thanks for beautiful poem and hope to have ‘diwali’ round the planet earth … JSM.

  6. pooyan Says:

    by the way, …
    I changed your poem a bit, hope you don’t mind :))) see if you like it like this 😉
    I saw an unlit lamp behind a shop’s window in Vienna
    “ugly one” I thought and passed by not seeing the beauty
    few days after I saw the same lamp in the house of Dianna
    it was “enlightened”, so pretty and shining doing it’s duty
    can you remembe of any miserable dark man we passed by
    to make them enlightend, shinig and beautiful is my job and thy

  7. pooyan Says:

    I do have a small weblog, but actually I am not in Vienna, have no friend named “Dianna” !!! 😉
    but anyway I’m gonna publish it, if it is your suggestion ,…check it out at :

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