General Poetry posted February 24, 2021

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Free Verse - Human Suffering

Not a Bed of Roses

by JLR

During a human lifetime,
from the very first breath of life
to the last gasp of air,
there has been the reality that
life is not always a bed of roses.
Cups overflowing with milk and honey
are not served on the patch of grass you
are on.

What comes over the passage of time
to all human beings, is at best only
fears, doubts, regrets,
that have the potential to cause suffering.

The ego can fight fifteen rounds,
every waking hour.  Or it can fight
minute to minute and sadly
for some, second upon second  
when facing deep emotional trauma.

The ultimate onslaught
of suffering is the self-derogation,
the negative self-talk,
"I should have, I could have, I would have ____."

Then, much less desirable,
the worst in human sufferings,
is the unexpected, heart-wrenching losses.

The wife, husband, parents, children, sisters, brothers,
aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends, neighbors,
co-workers whose life is taken far sooner than
when the sand of their live's stops flowing
and dust motes float up and carry their presence
away on the wind.

Human suffering is a vast stormy sea of emotions!
Oft' calamity could be felt like a dinghy crashing over and over
on the shoals, breaking into mere splinters. 
All these can render a person wholly crushed mentally,
spiritually, financially and even physically to the edge
of sanity in a chasm of hopelessness and despair.

Free-style poem: human suffering writing prompt entry
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