There is no easy path

This cascade poem is for the Secret Keeper’s weekly writing prompt. Sorry it’s a miserable one.

EASY | FLOOD | THOUGHT | FEAR | HUGE

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There is no easy path through this cold world,

No stream that never floods or bursts its banks,

The fear of what’s behind us drives us on.

 

I used to think that, at the tunnel’s end,

Everything would bask in golden light,

There is no easy path through this cold world.

 

No life that will not end in lonely death,

For us, no vast sky ever calm and blue,

No stream that never floods or bursts its banks.

 

That light receding faster than dawn grows,

Draws shadows round, and only looking back,

The fear of what’s behind us drives us on.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

10 thoughts on “There is no easy path”

  1. You’re right; it’s grim. But it is also well done, so let it be grim and no apologies. If you were in to taking challenges from regular blokes like me, I’d ask you to revisit the words and write a second, optimistic (or at least less grim) one. That’s just me being the trouble maker! 🙂

  2. Brilliant poem. No world can produce only uplifting promises. We are here. Then we are not. But wait . . . I do believe in reincarnation. It’s not as bad as all that. You do come back b/c you haven’t finished it up this time around. But most of us are in this line. Life is rough and it is filled laughter. A revolving circle with surprises thrown at us almost every moment. Can’t leave sleep out . it holds its own secrets.

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