Halcyon Days


Its April of 2020 and Day 08 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


Metaphor: Halcyon Days

Halcyon is the Kingfisher bird, which was once called that. There was a belief that the bird made a floating nest while brooding her eggs in Aegean Sea and while it nested, had power to calm the waves. The period in December was known to have 14 days of calm weather. In 16th century the phrase was used by Shakespeare giving figurative meaning of calm days.

The phrase is a metaphor to mean any calm, peaceful or fruitful time. I have used the metaphor in my poem to find peace amidst the chaos.

‘Waiting for’ is a myth,
Tomorrow is a terror,
Disturbances breed,
Paths wear and tear,
Voices react, run,
Routines recur, rust,
In all those chaos,
Are your halcyon days.

Waves that calm aren’t really waves. One got to learn to swim across than to wait for the wave to calm. Inner peace is definitely a thing!

22 thoughts on “Halcyon Days

  1. I have reconnected with a few High school friends…we are all in our 60’s now (Boy did we find THAT alone shocking!..) We then reminisced about our “Halcyon Days” only to realize they were not as wonderful as we remembered, lol…
    We even tried to ‘rewrite’ them in our minds…
    Your poem says it all Prakash!
    Sherri-Ellen 🙂

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