Despite All Odds

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 - Prompt #396 - Choose Life

"The greatest gift any of us have ever received is of course, this life we live. It is all we are and ever will be. It may not always be easy, but we work at it and make it work as best we can. In all things, we should choose life!

This is the life. It’s a wonderful life. Life is worth living … you’ve heard many turns of phrase concerning life. Find one and be inspired. Give your words the breath they deserve. Choose life! Write a Life poem."

At times in life my mind motored toward death
with feelings of hopelessness fueling the flame.
Wondered how it would be to take a last breath,
except how would I know if I'd reached my aim?

It puzzles me how a young teenage girl
had no sense of self or perception of worth–
like a blank page waiting, corner unfurled
for another's words to pen the verse.

I loathed my dependent self for years,
that pressing need for someone at my side.
Losses in life spawned paroxysms of tears.
Now, in old age, I must be my own guide.

I aspire to find some joy in each day,
moment by moment keeping future at bay.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to Despite All Odds

  1. ivor20 says:

    “We can learn to survive
    When life teaches us
    The value of being alive”


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