On Your Beam Ends


Its April of 2020 and Day 15 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:  On Your Beam Ends

‘On Your Beam Ends’ is a metaphor to indicate a bad situation. A hard up. It basically means that one is to the near end of resources calling for a desperate measure. The phrase was originally used to describe the tilted position of a ship before it capsizes. The first usage of the phrase documented in any form of literature is in 1773 magazine issue named – The Gentleman’s Magazine.

This is one of the metaphors from Nautical Origin. Nautical phrases are those for which the meaning and origin originated at sea (coming from the days of sail). I am using this metaphor in the poem as an alert. 

On the weigh scale,
When one side is the survival,
How does it matter?
What’s on the other!
Surviving for the change,
On my beam ends,
I see that dreams,
Don’t have expiry dates.

When one side does not even close match with other, we easily give up and pick the survival. While being at all this, one is unconditionally alone working towards the desired (in their own closet, on their own).  

12 thoughts on “On Your Beam Ends

  1. Once again a thought provoking poem Prakash. And in light of the Pandemic around this world your poem has so much feeling & meaning.
    I learned a new metaphor today~~thank you….
    I hope we can ‘balance our beam’ very soon in this world….
    Sherri-Ellen 🙂

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