I'm still young but I know that I've been through some experiences already that have drastically changed my view on life. I used to be very optimistic and still try to be, but when I look around me at all the pain and suffering in our world, and think about my past . . . the sadness that envelops me is hard to avoid.

This poem originally was published in Poems on Life

Have You Ever
Have you ever felt,
the cold and lifeless hand of an infant,
gazed into their unblinking eyes,
and observed the face of death,
when masked in bittersweet innocence?

Have you ever touched your dreams,
and felt the simplistic joy,
of feeling them become reality,
only to abandon them,
for reasons you cannot explain?

Have you ever watched your family,
who once shared the greatest of loves,
suffer an unforgettable and unforgivable tragedy,
that will slowly, painfully, and inevitably,
tear them all apart?

Do you know, firsthand,
the evil that resides deep within the heart of every man,
every woman, and every child?
Have you seen its face as it randomly seeks,
a soul to torment and destroy?

Do you know the darker side of life,
the one that awakens you,
in the still of the night,
crying to the unknowable God's,
‘Save me from myself. '?

Does your heart constantly question,
whether humanity is obtainable,
in a world corrupted with suffering,
and where war,
is the favoured solution for peace?

If you really want to know me,
and understand the forces that compel me to move on,
then take these questions,
and take this pain,
for this who I am.

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  • tigi
    u did a real good job
  • Soumya
    This a lovely poem about life These are the questions that one never asks oneself.
  • alisha
    wow how amazing. Do you think that poetry is your life?
  • Jennifer
    This poem touched me deeply perhaps because I have had to experience some of the sadness Red had. It is sad that others beside me also have to face life having these pain. May you find peace!
  • Raina
    Wow, this poem is really good. Its touching and thoughtful. It can make a person think about what they have and how easily it could be lost, and how they should cherish the time that they have with the ones they love.
  • Ayin
    hi red!so touching, really an inspiring poem, about my pain im feeling now, awoke my hope in this life's struggles. thanks
  • mandye
    i cant say that i know what u mean and why you feel this way. i havent felt the same pain, its neither worse nor better. but its just different. God isn't unknowable. sometimes its hard to see that. ive had my share of family problems and the best i can say is that, u make urself who u r. ur background cannot define u. if u let it, ur letting ur past control u. u have to learn to move on. things like that take time
  • Hina
    This. this was not only a poem to me. this was so moving and (sadly) so true. WEvryone says life will get better but how do they know? No-one really does. They just say that to make you feel better. I know one thing for sure. Life. is unreradable, unpredictable, and most of all, usually unhappy. I've probably felt6 like what you described at LEAST once a day. I try to hide it and sometimes I succeed (usually). but when I'm alone, I can't hold it back anymore. I need to let it out, so I close my door and scream, cry, what ever just to make the pain leave for even a moment. Really, I honestly love this poem. You tuly have a talent and I hope that you continue writing because you are so wonderful at it. And I'm sorry if this is too long. i couldn't help it- it just started to pour out. Thank you for creating such beautiful poetry. Your fan, Alone
  • Ann
    This poem is very deep and really examines the reality of life in a way that is easy to relate to. very, very good at articulating the problems that plaques us as a society.
  • christina
    Red, I cannot imagine the pain wich has inspired you to write so touching a poem. God bless and may you find peace.
  • Joe
    Touching. Makes you step back & take stock!
  • Carole
    This gave me goosebumps. I do not know your situation but I can relate to the feelings that compelled you to write this poem. Beautiful, and very deep with feelings. To which I hope your situation has an outcome that is good for all involved.
  • deepak
    that poem has a lot to do with the way i feel. u have got talent. quite amazing
  • Jennifer
  • sarbeswar
    This is a heart-touching poem where the poet describes the feelings to be analyzed with more attention to get the utmost sensation. Nice one.
  • Pheobe
    I really like this poem. It's very emotional.
  • Jessica
    I really loved your poem because I have a dark and horrible past and this Poem comforted me alot it really touched my heart and hope you don't stop writing them
  • Jennie
    This poem is excellent.
  • Rosemarie
    beautiful, heartfelt piece of poetry. It touched me deeply. Thank you Red
  • sara
    this is a good pome i can relate.
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