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Sonnet XIV

09 March 2013

Sonnet XIV


I never understood your loneliness,

The TV, the radio, your cat …

Your companions who filled the emptiness

When no one dropped in to visit or chat.

Children grown, too busy and that’s just that.

Still loved, but family has changed somehow,

It’s harder to find time for this or that.

Life becomes nothing more than Here and Now,

Nothing to look forward to anyhow.

And years after you’ve passed I understand

How much sadness Life’s busyness allows

For the tables turned, I learned firsthand.

And now I wish, as you must have wished too,

That loneliness was a little less cruel.

9 March, 2013 Posted by | Poetry | , | Leave a comment

The War Within

07 March 2013

The War Within

"To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting." (e.e. cummings)

I like to think my struggles are unique,

As if no one else endures what I do.

It’s a martyr’s validation technique,

A defensive mechanism I use.

Misery may love company, it’s true,

And we all need someone who understands,

But pessimism is a deep, dark pool,

Almost inescapable, like quicksand.

My conscience often tries to reprimand,

To remind me my attitude’s a choice,

Each moment of life has its own demands.

It’s up to me to filter out the noise.

Change is often easier said than done,

But I’ll fight the fight, some battles are won.

7 March, 2013 Posted by | Poetry | , | Leave a comment