Don't worry, be happy
Life happens, but hope must be kept
You told us
We listened, with dead eyes and half ears
Knowing we would never have it
No, not even a hint of the hope you preached
For to hope in hope itself only brings more pain
So we wallowed in our own brokenness
Got so engrossed in our pain
That we didn't notice the changes creep in
Until we saw ourselves, completely mirrored in you
But tell us now, sister
When did you lose the light in your eyes and the spring in your step?
When did your smile die and your lips tighten into thin pain lines?
When did life happen and steal from you?
Oh! Please tell us, kindred soul
When did you join us
on the boulevard of hopelessness?
Esther Opone was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a Biomedical Laboratory Science student, Civic Engagement advocate and Blogger at www.thevalueadder.wordpress.com .
She's an ardent lover of books, good music, volunteering, conversations, learning and all forms of art and creativity.
She also loves trying new things and this is her first published poem.
5/1/2019 06:36:08 am
I like how this poem moves with a quiet, clear sting. The words are simple and the intent almost accessible.
5/1/2019 04:10:13 pm
Subtle, yet invoking great emotion. I read the poem and felt like I could relate with the character. The lines weren't complex but I could feel the sadness, poking me in the ribs and demanding my attention.
5/1/2019 04:33:52 pm
With hope, one can cope with live situations.
6/1/2019 06:04:55 pm
Nicely done. One could feel the emotions of the writer
10/1/2019 11:34:09 pm
Light yet deep. I felt the emotions in the words too.
11/1/2019 11:29:19 am
This piece is deep with emotion. I felt the pain in this. It stirs something in you, so tangible you can almost touch it.
13/1/2019 03:29:22 pm
This poem made me think. I thought about how people usually just say 'life happens'. I understand that in all things we should just be happy and avoid worrying but saying that 'life happens' is a safety illusion that humans give themselves so as not to take responsibility for their actions and the outcome of their lives. This work of art just basically gives an illustration of the dangers that come with letting life happen. I love it.
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