Despite The Storm
poem by
Carmen A. Cisnadean

In every storm there is a chance,
To overcome, to be, to become,
A graceful light
As brilliant as heaven’s sun,
To brake the chains,
To overcome, be, and become,

You gave me life to take a chance,
To overcome, to be, to become,
A breeze of sound
Despite the currents wild.
You gave me strength
To take the sail,
Beyond the surge
To places new.

I live my life, to breach the storm,
To overcome, to be, to become,
A sturdy ship
Despite the wrath,
To rise above the highest tide
To overcome, be, and become,
A better me.

Despite the gushing power of the storms in our lives, I feel that there is always a moment in which we can step back and embrace choice, choice in that which we can do, from the way we choose to think to the way we choose to act. We are so much more in charge of our thoughts, actions, and even visions, than society would have us believe – a power which we often underestimate and take for granted. Life is this immense opportunity, especially during the stormy times, to overcome, to be, and become ANEW. By overcoming, being, and becoming we sculpt our lives. In the sculpting action we take ownership and control over our progress, shaping, molding, and directing our life path. Einstein would probably say that we evolve, which I believe is true. When I wrote this poem, I remember sitting down by my window on a rainy day thinking about how much I did overcome in life thus far, how much I am made of, and how much I aim to still become. And then it hit me, all of these three actions contribute to my life every day in ultimately shaping me into a better me, a more knowledgeable me, a more prepared me, a more aware me, and overall a stronger me. We can embrace choice only when we look at it not as an insuperable burden but as an extraordinary opportunity to overcome, be, and become better people.

Carmen A. K.
(aka Carmen A. Cisnadean)


  • Carmen A. Cisnadean

    The Creative Visionary

    My love and passion for the written word, for the power of language and communication, has led me to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in Russian from the University of South Carolina, a school that graced me with cum laude honors. My intention was born out of an immense appreciation for language as a powerful means of communication, a vital and indispensable component of human life. Studying language and culture, augmented my appreciation for the complexity and importance of language and the written word as a whole in the context of not only human life but also social interaction. When I was a child, my favorite toy was a movie projector. I was fascinated with the process of storytelling and loved being the narrator. For me, however, it wasn’t just about the words and how the words were precisely spoken and carefully chosen, but also about the visual art accompanying the words, the experience as a whole, and the overall message which fascinated me.

    In my free time, I love to sketch, ink, draw, read, learn, research, listen to classical music, create, spend time in nature, and experiment with words. When it comes to writing, my poetry writing is very closely linked to outstanding music and fantastic visual art, both which serve as major sources of inspiration and influence in my life. I have many artists I adore, but two of my absolute favorites are the Russian artist Michael Cheval and the English artist John William Waterhouse. Two of my favorite composers of music are the Polish composer Abel Korzeniowski and the German composer Hans Zimmer, both composers of film scores, and composers like Dvorak, Wagner, Paganini, Rossini, Schubert, Vivaldi, Korsakov, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, to name just a few. When it comes to literature I love the romantics. My favorite poetess is Emily Dickinson and my favorite poet is Mihai Eminescu.

    In summary, I am a woman that believes in the power and beauty of authentic artistic expression, in the power to be a positive influence in the world. Should you desire to learn more, please visit my website at