The day’s hot-the wind like a convection oven
Blows hot air in our faces.
My cap and gown insulates me
Baking me like a potato wrapped in aluminum foil
I desperately fan myself and look around
My eyes search for my peers and see;
The bros that survived school with me;
The others who shouldn't have;
The girls with memories already wet in their eyes;
The people I never met and will never know;
All desperately fanning themselves
In silence and in waiting.
We all are waiting for the same thing-
What's next to come.
For some it will be their names
For another a trip to boot camp
For many including myself- college
A couple can't wait to forget the tortures of high school
And a few will already be planning our high school reunion
because it was the best years of their life.
As I bow my head, not out of sadness,
but out of sheer defeat by the sun,
I scuff up my dress shoes in the clumpy grass of the field-
that just finished another infamous drawn out lacrosse season,
I'll be thinking about the 4 plus years, 8 seasons,
worth of drilling and conditioning I did in that very field and on the surrounding track,
With a flash of ivory across my sweating face
I'll be thinking about
All the nooks and crannies
that I sanctioned for the intimate meetings of my girlfriends
The times caught and not,
All the heartbreaks and rejections,
The friends made, the best friends kept, and the many lost.
The drama, stupidity, and immaturity,
Everything that was and used to be.
And, all this time spent waiting-preparing
for this one moment
You can't help but remember it all
And with one, final sweet goodby-
Copyright © Nicholas Bello
TYPICAL 30 - The Start of the 2013-2014 NHL Season
30 of them began their battle with hopeful beginnings
But 14 of them will have their early exit...
As for the 16 teams, their Stanley Cup Playoffs dream begins
The SWEET 16 were chosen, who will be the ones to take the fall?
Round 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Let the First Round Battle Begin!
SWEET 16 - The First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
16 of them sprinted out from the starting line
But 8 of them fell short to advance...
The Tampa Bay Lightning couldn't produce any more thunder
The Detroit Red Wings ran its last engine
The St. Louis Blues have played its final note
The Dallas Stars could no longer lead the charge
The Columbus Blue Jackets fired its last cannon
The Philadelphia Flyers have crashed down
The Colorado Avalanche buried themselves in the snow
And the San Jose Sharks couldn't take a final bite
The ELITE 8 were chosen, who will the ones to take the fall?
Round 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Let the Second Round Battle Begin!
ELITE 8 - The Second Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
8 of them advanced to the next stage
But 4 of them failed to advance...
The Minnesota Wild could no longer pull a wild run
The Pittsburgh Penguins were left on frozen thin ice
The Boston Bruins were hunted down
And the Anaheim Ducks quacked no more
The FINAL 4 were chosen, who will the ones to take the fall?
Round 3 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Let the Conference Finals Begin!
FINAL 4 - The Third Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
4 of them advanced to the next stage
But only 2 of them will go to the final stage...
The Montreal Canadiens were left in a cold state
And the Chicago Blackhawks final stand ended in complete defeat
The TREMENDOUS 2 were chosen, who will be the one to win it all?
The Final Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Let the Stanley Cup Final Begin!
TREMENDOUS 2 - The Final Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
2 of them danced on the big stage
But only 1 of them was crowned as the champion...
The New York Rangers could not lead the way to the finish
The ONLY 1 was chosen, a team who won through it all!
Los Angeles Kings - The 2014 Stanley Cup Champions
Let the Stanley Cup Playoffs End!
Copyright © Nileisha Giselle Deliz Diana
I feel lucky to have dreams
Not the dreams in your sleep
The dreams of things hoped for
Those happy wishes we all keep
Dreams can make you happy
And fill your heart with delight
In hopes they will all come true
Who knows maybe they might
There are some folks who think
I’m just dreaming my life away
But with all the joy in my heart
Well it certainly must be okay
Dreaming is a gift we’re given
That’s stored in each one’s mind
A form of imagination created
From one individual at a time
It triggers your energy level
That makes you want to dance
And you’ll hum a merry tune
While others seem to glance
Even if those dreams I have
Don’t really ever come to pass
At least I know my journey in life
Was filled with smiles and laughs
Maybe that’s what was meant
In those words we used to sing
About rowing your boat gently
And merrily down the stream
Then our journeys of existence
Should be gently paced it seems
With merriment along the way
That’s why life is but a dream
So I’ll just keep on dreaming big
And always have my hopes high
To carry happiness all around me
Until the day when I actually die
And who really knows for sure
Some dreams just may come true
So I bet you have a little dreaming
That you've been wanting to do too
Florence McMillian (Flo)
Copyright © Florence McMillian
I spent almost month in a hospital room
This ever worst sick was so much and doom.
Chilling so bad in a mild quiet night,
Freezing to death like I was losing my sight.
Lying on a white bed and feeling this pain.
Too excruciating and made me insane.
Medical tests were examined crucially,
Days were softly killing me physically.
Delivered my body in the operating room,
Wanted to extend this life and make it well bloom.
Hours of terror tortured me so ruthless
Felt heavy stitches which made me so breathless.
Years passed and I’m all too well.
Survived this disease given from hell.
I’m a cancer survivor! Fighting for life!
Saving myself for loved ones in life.
Copyright © Lei Strauss
Far beyond the horizon we gazed at sunlit skies
glowing from gigantic mountains, thick blue clouds
hang peacefully over our heads, painting hopes and
aspirations as we journey relentlessly to recapture
We have been climbing this mountain for years,
clinging desperately to our dreams, with nothing
in our hands, our faith and determination propel us along.
But the days seem longer, nights become shorter
our hopes grew stronger and life gets tougher.
We journeyed through thorns and thistles,
we stumbled upon closed doors, brick walls,
giant rocks and numerous road blocks.
Left only with rags on our backs, we were
determined to reclaim our dreams.
The struggle seems endless as we journey
night and day on a path that binds us for years.
Hunger paralyze us, fear dehydrates us ,
we endured sleepless nights but we held on to our
conviction, embrace one another and console ourselves.
Sun scorched our tired backs, winter snow froze
our blistered feet, tornados compassed us too,
and the relentless hurricane could not rip us apart.
We all stuck together and supported one another.
Despite the chilling cold penetrating our skins,
we were destined to win.
The expectation of a new life inflamed our hearts,
and each day we hoped for a better tomorrow,
ignoring life’s un-bearing demands we advance
towards the finishing line believing wholeheartedly,
and holding steadfast to conquer our dreams.
It is true that life can be overbearing, and it is also true
that we have wishful promises, and when our promises
fail to materialize, driven by a lack of faith from the other side,
the journey become harder and murmuring breeds sorrows
in our aching heart.
Sometimes we fight among ourselves
and toss hurtful words to and fro but
we quickly come to our senses
and make amends of unacceptable ways.
We know that we are in this together,
and we must embrace one another’s dreams,
so we wedge together like brothers and sisters
mending the broken pieces as we progress along the way.
The power of unity kept us alive,
our dreams grew bigger than our stomach,
and jingled heavier than money in our pockets,
Our faith grew stronger, our hopes strapped together,
and death itself could not shatter our dreams.
We endured winter freezes; one winter fades into another,
ice covers ice, but we were determined to surpass
discouragements, negative highlights
and continue climbing until we reach the top.
We climbed the mountain day and night,
but everything seems far out of sight.
All we could see was clear blue clouds smiling above
us and multitude of stars blinking in the skies.
We passed foxes digging shallow holes in foaming ditches,
we saw them tearing and chewing rabbits and rodents,
and chasing timid squirrels off the edges.
Tormenting sound echoes beyond thick bushy forest,
intimidating us on our hopeful journey.
Suddenly a ferocious fox leaped out of the bushes,
and stared at us, grinding its gigantic teeth.
But a tiger sneaked from the tree top and
cornered the terrifying fox into its vulnerable hole
wounding its feet and pulling at its filthy mouth.
The lame fox lay on the ground grasping for breath,
and the forest animals drag it slowly into a hole.
We clench tightly to each other and hurried quickly
towards the mountain to complete the final leg of the journey.
Amidst these strange happening, we progressed faster
holding our precious dreams carefully in our hands.
We could hear the drum beats resonating from a distance,
sealing our hopes and filling our hearts with aspirations.
We could feel the bubbling rhythm from afar, and as we
got closer the sounds gets louder, the cheering grew stronger
and we felt happier.
We climbed and climbed, we slip and we glide,
We stood firm and plant our feet securely into the ground.
We removed obstacles, overturned road blocks
sailed through red lights, skipped through barricade
and persevered until we finally made it to the top.
Millions with similar dreams had made it too,
and we join them singing and dancing,
the sun shines once again with a daring glow
and our long awaited dream finally came true.
We could breathe fresh air,
thus feeling the rhythm in life again.
©2014 Christine Phillips
Copyright © Christine Phillips
THE 2014 STANLEY CUP FINAL
The grand stage. The big dance on the ice.
Two teams have overcome against their competitors
To try and conquer the ultimate prize...
The prestigious and coveted Stanley Cup
The New York Rangers have led the way over their rivals
And the Los Angeles Kings have overthrown their enemies
The Rangers will try to go all the way
To claim the long-awaited cup, two decades since 1994
However, the Kings will try to battle
To reclaim their lost crown jewel, once theirs back in 2012
Who will rise to the occasion?
Who will be the one to raise the cup?
The 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
THE FINAL BATTLE HAS JUST BEGUN!
Copyright © Nileisha Giselle Deliz Diana
In a dreamy castle
We stood at the top
To see the beauty
Of our long lost love.
Can you imagine
How fate was good to us?
We’re still so much in love.
You got 2 kids
I have none
Our love is too strong
United as one.
Your hubby died
Shot by the gun
My wife got lost
When she lost only one...
We were madly sad
Those times of despair
Thought we have lost
So called LOVE.
Till the day came
When we met again
Just to realize
We’re still in love.
In second chance of love
You were my Juliet
I fought for our love.
Now we have proven
Our love is our fate
No one will stop
This fated love.
Copyright © Lei Strauss
A raging river tenaciously floods
Tannins and silts combine to dark blood
A hut, just fifty metres, occupying their sight
Two men, cold and wearied, stuck for the night
An adventure all planned, lasting a week
In the middle of nowhere with red deer to seek
Twelve-hours of hiking, commencing that day
Now trapped with some refuge a stone throw away.
Cracking of boulders being pushed by the current
Affirming the folly of crossing this torrent.
Necessities shaping a cold camp till the dawn
Just tattered old plastic, to use as an awn.
Soft moss as a bed but soaking from rain
Ferns as a pillow don’t cushion colds pain.
Dark of the evening only adds to the pall
Deaths favoured colour, as rain continues its fall
Shivering endless; bodies fighting the shock
Drops of clouds tears slowed to the tick of a clock.
Moisture still falling, no hope for them now
Prospects were mirrored by the dark of the hour
Subtly the winds whispered breathe in their ear.
Rekindling the flames to survive their harsh plight
Packs full of food, swiftly emptied for fuel
Bodies recharged in spite of the cool.
Rain in the dark hours continued to pour
Sounds from the river commenced to fair roar,
First crack of dawn and they got up and away
Wilderness wins this particular day.
*Based on a true story however my companion and I were stuck in the elements
for 2 days and nights. Another river flooded and blocked our exit.*
Copyright © Mark Woods
Life is sometimes ruff and hard and hard and sometimes just bites but if you stop and look closer at the situation there is always a positive side that god has in store for every time you holler at you parents or every time you mouth you teacher you punishment leads you one step higher on the ladder of success that god has in store for you and more than likely your success will end with you flying in the heavens with god and living happily ever after
Copyright © Ashley Fleming
One thing I've learned here on the Soup
The moods of the site ebb and flow
Depending on so many unknown factors
It can be fast and it can be slow
Response to our poems surely won't always
Predict the popularity of the piece
A great title, as I've suggested many times
Is key for the success of your release
I'm no expert but been a member since 2012
I've noticed some repetitive patterns
Limericks and other stuff can get attention
But simple rhymes it's praise they do earn
So what I have found since the beginning
To get read it helps to add humour
No need for words that no one understands
That's always been just a rumour
So simplicity rules and does every time
Main goal is to be understood
Communication is the word I'm looking for
In this poetry neighbourhood
© Jack Ellison 2015
Copyright © Jack Ellison
The goods thing about “hardship” is the thirst for “Success”
Success is an unending process it begins even at the peak of another persons success
Be like the blue sky: where greatness and Success has no limit.
The things you say about the success of others is the judgment you get from others or what you perceive as success
Life and hope are corresponding Issues to the nature of success
Wisdom is maturity and maturity makes the mind, be wise to become successful
Hardship in life, is the Beginning of a Successful Journey in History
You Succeed when you have acquired, and you have acquired when you have succeeded.
Do not subterfuge to succeed but be submissive to succeed.
Copyright © Roseline Olajide
There is this deep pride within me that I just cannot kill
For I don’t resent it, in fact in a way I like it
It is a pride instilled in me by a small, soft still Voice
...that always applauds me for being me
It always reassures me and cheers me on
This small voice always seems to guarantee me that I am indeed different
...that I am special, and I can be the greatest that I wish to be
...and have all the best things I wish to have
Only if I care to believe
There is immense power in belief, It tells me
Intensely believe and you will succeed It assures me
Success in work comes quickly in this human world, It guarantees
But success isn’t free, It warns me
Success demands to be earned
Diligence and passion are mandatory
Only question is; what do you want and how badly do you want it
...It asks me
If you have the answer, believe strongly in the result
For in intense belief is the power to begin
And in beginning is the power to persist
And in persistence there’s never a barrier too strong
...nor a journey too long
Success is easy ...simple as a child’s play, It tells me
Just study how a tree grows from a seed
...to produce fruits that contain in them even more seeds
Then you’ll see how easy and certain success really is... It advices me
Well, half past one may be too late in the night for most
But it’s the first hour of a newer dawn for me
For this is the day I shall remember
As the beginning of my success
Copyright © Wiseton Prins
Here in far off Borneo, junior squash players are gathered in numbers...
Young and energetic, these are Malaysia's young hopefuls and contenders...
In the numbing heat within this immense hall, the muted thuds of hard hit balls...
Interrupt the cacophony of low conversations permeating through this hall...
Spectators, mostly loving parents, they are one with all the juniors in this tourney....
Raucously cheering the eager young players, battling each other for squashing glory..
Teary losers are pitiful sights aplenty, heaving gasps of disappointment and sobs...
While the victors are warmly congratulated, savoring the highs with renewed hopes...
Where a closely fought match is being played, spectators they swarm the area...
Viewing space then is standing room only, gasps, groans and cheers are vocal and clear..
With 8 courts and featuring 197 players of various ages in the serious business of winning...
Suspense and excitement are very much visible, in both parents, players and supporters...
With the promise of cash prizes, hopes are high for cash and glory till the final win..
These young squash players, talented and motivated, must be nutured and developed...
As future kings and queens of squash, junior champions they are today but tomorrow....
Many will continue to grow and one day, and the best will lay claim to squash lofty throne...
For such promising young squash talents, it will be a long journey to excellence...
Many of them will go astray, few will make it all the way, for many studies hold sway..
All these years, Malaysia as a nation hold her breath while trying to do the utmost best...
Of finding a potent squash player, good enough to take over once Datuk Nicol David rests..
Looks like the writing is on the wall, our darling squash queen is finally dislodged from her perch..
Who now can we hope, who now is good enough to quickly climb up to the very top of the perch...
As did the sweet smiling queen of squash, Datuk Nicol David for a phenomenal 109 weeks..
Of dominance over a frantic chasing pack of world class players, the Egyptians ahead of the rest.....
So here we are, this Asian Junior Squash sanctioned Silver Event for junior squash tornament..
To witness how young talented juniors come together as friends and foes in this tournament...
To showcase individual talents, and meet expectations and hopes for Malaysian Squash for tomorrow... Squash On, Juniors! Take on the world!
Copyright © KENG CHUAN SENG
2015 British Open for Woman Squash will be best remembered for its semifinals...
As one where a qualifier player had a blistering run into the semifinals....
Unannounced, after 2 rounds of tough qualifying matches, came the unexpected..
World no.29 Delia Arnold from Malaysia, she came, she saw and she conquered..
Shoving aside higher ranked players without breaking her strides, form or look.....
Delia delivered, defied all predictions and topsy turvied the formbook...
Greatest of all her feats was when she went into court and stood toe to toe...
Against Raneem El Weleily, the sublime Egyptian player who was world number 2..
When the chips were down, Delia Arnold came alive, presevered and survived...
Against all odds, spectators were awed as the world no.29 stayed alive..
Delia Arnold world no.29 tenaciously outfought the sublime skills of Raneem..
Even her silky skills and immaculate courtcraft failed to save Raneem...
Next in her cross-sights was Carmille Serme of France, the world number 6...
Being world no.29, can Delia go one further and take out the world no.6....
Ardent squash enthusiasts held their breath when on the next day they fight...
Will the fairy tale run of Delia again run true after 4 days of dogged fights..
If you would like to know the outcome of how Delia perform the next day...
You'll have to check out yourself on the internet for the outcome of that fray..
Copyright © KENG CHUAN SENG
Li Na Tennis Champion
Asians in general sat up to take notice when from the vastness of China arose a tennis great…
Never mind it was a she, and at an advanced chronological ripe old age of almost touching 30…
Li Na from China was one well travelled tennis star, her world accolades coming in very late…
When many a famous players were thinking of retiring in fatigue, she upped her game to the level elite..
First and only Asian to win a Grand Slam Singles title, she was a ripe old 29 when it happened…
Many more illustrious tennis professionals have long gone to pasture before reaching 29 or after…
But not Li Na the most famous professional tennis player from China, the most illustrious too..
2011 French Open Champion at age 29 followed in 2 years later , 2014 Australian Open at age 32…
Now , if one were to check up on China’s most famous tennis daughter, Wikipedia has it all …
It chronicles in fascinating details the checkered career of this badminton reject since she was small…
An astute coach suggested she had best switch from the ever popular racket game called badminton…
In that big nation of badminton crazies all over, it must have hurt to be ejected from badminton…
But her excellence in tennis was astonishing to say the least, by 1997 she was in the national team…
Incredibly, she was then only a teenage at fifteen when China drafted her into her National team…
Two years later, in 1999 following a 10 months stint sponsored by Nike, Li Na turned professional…
Her rocky path to be a successful professional was camouflaged by her many ITF numerous titles…
However, she quit the National team in 2002, going on to complete a Bachelor of Journalism in 2009..
This was another cap in her journey to tennis success, an academic complement to her tennis prowess…
From the barrage of numerous first evers for this Chinese tennis phenomenon until her retirement..
It is obvious she was a tennis prodigy who happened to come from the far east to tennis fans' amazement...
For further readings of Li Na, the most famous Chinese phenomenon in woman professional tennis …
Do a Google search and feel amazed at the massive write up about China’s most famous daughter in tennis..
Or Look out for Li Na Superstar Part 2
Copyright © KENG CHUAN SENG