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Poem: Seeing the Big Picture

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Poem Summary

Seeing the big picture is a poem about someone who cannot see the forest before the trees but the dust settles and she finally gets it. It's like she is on the outside looking in when a light comes on painting the whole picture before her eyes. She feels an emptiness inside.

"Can't See The Forest For The Trees - by Deke Dickerson "

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Seeing the Big Picture

The dust settles,

her eyes see the forest

before the trees,

there is an emptiness

which no words can explain.


Each small detail comes to light,

painting the whole picture before her eyes

like being on the outside looking in,

a switch flips on

lighting up the clutter

buried in the darkness.

It's hard to see things when you're too close.

Take a step back and look

— Bob Ross

"Jimmy Cliff - I Can See Clearly Now with lyrics"

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

Seeing clearly

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 08, 2021:

Forest before the trees

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 08, 2021:

Seeing that big picture is eye opening

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 08, 2021:

When your eyes see that big picture

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 06, 2021:

The forest before the trees

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 03, 2021:

Chitrangada,

Love your pictures at Holi

Hope it was a wonderful time.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 03, 2021:

Chitrangada,

Thank you.

Yes, we sometimes look at things impulsively.

I guess it's a good idea to see the big picture.

Take care & Happy Easter.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 03, 2021:

Rosina,

Thank you.

It is best to take those blinders off...no matter how difficult it might be.

At least that way one can start to face the new reality and begin healing.

Take care & have a Happy Easter.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 03, 2021:

Nice and insightful poem, with an important message.

We must look at things with a larger perspective and not impulsively.

As always, beautiful work, Brenda. Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on April 03, 2021:

Yes, Brenda, when you see the big picture instead of a few close details, many things including deceiving things come to light. It's good when you have a clear picture because you will know what to overcome and you will. Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 03, 2021:

Fran,

Thank you.

I am glad you like this one, but I'm not sure it's great advice.

There are times though that we are too close to a situation that we just don't want to believe what is right in front of us.

Sometimes it's easier to pretend it doesn't exist.

(Like in the case of an illness)

Have a Happy Easter.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 03, 2021:

Ravi,

Thank you.

I'm glad to hear you like this one.

Have a great day.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 03, 2021:

Brenda, great poem and advice. Thank you for your great input.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 03, 2021:

A poem that forces one to think and introspect. I loved the imagery of words that effectively conveyed the brilliant thought.Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

The forest before the trees

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Vidya,

Thank you.

We all need to be careful, there are some deceptive people out there.

They can make a lie seem like the truth.

Happy Easter.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 02, 2021:

Hi Brenda, a thought provoking poem. Yes it's true when we take a step back, we can get a clearer picture of the situation. Happy Easter to you all.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Jamie,

Thank you.

I'm sorry to hear that, but sometimes it leads to better things.

Happy Easter !

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 02, 2021:

A very useful poem. Enjoyable and got me thinking about situation where I may need to reevaluate. Jamie

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Peggy,

Thanks!

Sometimes it is difficult, but we must take those blinders off.

Have a great day.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 02, 2021:

Happy Easter to you too, Brenda!

Ann

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2021:

Understanding the big picture instead of merely a few parts of it can often be enlightening.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Ann,

Thank you.

Sorry you had to deal with that issue.

People can really be deceptive and it's heartbreaking.

HAPPY EASTER!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 02, 2021:

It's good to see the bigger picture as just a few details can be deceptive as I know only too well! Learnt that lesson a long time ago...

Good philosophy.

Ann

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 02, 2021:

Olusegun,

You are right.

People should take time to look back instead of accepting everything at face value.

Take care.

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on April 02, 2021:

We need to move back to reevaluate things on many occasions.

Good work.

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