A House of Stone

I build a house of stone
on a rock by the sea
not to fight the coming wave
nor to prevent it
flooding to the seashore

I build a house of stone
on the rock by the sea
to challenge me
to stay calm hearing the sound of the wave
and remain strong when the wave beats me

I build a house of stone
on the rock by the sea
to find a me!

*written for Creative Writing Ink and Poetry Pantry #58


Anonymous | July 26, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Good job~ Wanda

Neni | July 26, 2011 at 2:34 PM

thanks, Wanda... Looking forward to reading yours... :)

Novroz | July 26, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Nicely done. I like the consistency of using the same line again and again.

Btw...hello fellow Indonesian blogger :) I haven't met much Indonesian bloggers who write in English

Neni | July 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Hi, Novroz.., nice to know you also... :)

Jewel 2 | July 27, 2011 at 2:03 AM

I really enjoyed reading your poem.

The structure you have used, the repetition of the lines, is very effective.

Thanks for sharing.

Jewel 2 | July 27, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Going slightly off topic here....!

I see you are from Indonesia. I lived in Malaysia for a while and used to love eating cangkok manis (I think that is the correct spelling!) I have tried to look for a recipe online and have had no look!

Is it something you would eat/cook or is it only a Malaysian dish?

My next question is..... Do you know the recipe and can you pass it on?????

Jewel 2 | July 27, 2011 at 2:23 AM

Sorry, that should have said I've had no luck finding a recipe!

Fyodor Lewis | July 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I built a house of stone
But forgot a crucial piece
I built a house of stone
Atop a sandy lease.
Crumbling, crumbling
Into the waves
Stumbling, stumbling
Into my grave.

Great poem. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Neni | July 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Jewel: thanks for the compliment.
I think that's Malaysian cuisine. Maybe we have it here in Indonesia but in different name. So, could you give me more detailed info about the dish? So I can guess it and find the recipe for you... :)

Fyodor Lewis: Woooww! That's also a great poem of yours. Short, yet powerful words... :)

Anonymous | July 28, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Good poem, I think sometimes I need to build myself a house of stone on a rock by the sea! I like the last verse especially, short and sweet.

Neni | July 28, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Thanks, Inkyscribbles... hope you can build it easily and then enjoy finding yourself...:)

Anonymous | July 28, 2011 at 9:52 PM

A beautiful post. And I love the repetition of the first and second line. I like to do that too, when I compose a poem :)

And don't we all need a house of stone on a rock bye the sea?

Neni | July 29, 2011 at 2:23 AM

Wulan: yeah... we need it...we need it... thanks for dropping by... :)

Jewel 2 | July 30, 2011 at 5:07 AM

Hi Neni,

Cangkok Manis is a leafy dish - spinach I think. It is good with garlic and egg. I did suspect that it was malaysian cuisine, but if you could forward a recipe that is similar, I would much appreciate it!


Neni | July 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Jewel, I found it by googling. It's not spinach, it's Asian vegetable called sweet leaves... So, you can find it in Asian shop.
Here's the link of the recipe:




happy cooking! :)

Jewel 2 | August 1, 2011 at 3:12 AM

Thanks for the link! I'd been spelling the name wrong and had the wrong ingredient!

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