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The Unknown (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: A small experiment with “the unknown.“]

Waiting just around the corner to pounce


In all things

found within each flicker

out of the corner of one eye

It is there and gone again

between moonbeams and bursts of sunshine

reaching out as if for warmth and recognition–

like a wandering dream we have yet to experience

An intimidating force of nature that can hold many dangers

but also many rewards

as with every new chapter in our lives

Some seek to avoid it at all costs

yet it often follows along somewhere behind us

until once confronted

for better or worse

it will transform

. . . into the known

16 thoughts on “The Unknown (A Poem)

  1. Such a great thought about something rarely written about! I personally find the unknown comforting, I’m not one that must know everything all at once..The unknown can be promise too…depending on our own inner attitudes, it can be the next piece of fortune that is on the horizon, with our name on the name tag. You said and elaborated it wonderfully, in poetic form. I enjoyed reading it…very much!!!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, Karima! I’m thrilled this piece struck such a deep chord. It feels like the unknown is always right there, like an old friend sometimes. It can be scary and exciting, so I definitely with you. It can indeed be comforting. ^_^

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  2. Consider the experiment successful. You definitely painted a great picture of what unknown is and how it affects our lives.
    If it were up to me – I’d rewrite “In all things it lurks like an unexpected presence in the room.” Maybe even just get rid of “like an unexpected presence in the room.” While all the other lines point us towards the unknown, unexpected just slams our face into it. Just my thoughts.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I’m glad this experiment was a success. The unknown is an intriguing topic, indeed, and I love your rewrite of that line. I think you’re right as well. Perhaps I will delete that line to make the piece stronger. ^_^

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