Torn Between Opposites: A Poem

Updated on May 30, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Some preach about love while mentioning hate

or seek happiness by running away from pain

yet others in a "war for peace" meet their fate

dying for that contradiction that's quite insane.


Having seen ugly we recognize beauty

and even our gods have to deal with evil

what we should love doing, we call a duty

and joy is an absence of misery upheaval.


Torn between contrasts we can't enjoy sun

thinking of all those past or upcoming rains

we even laugh to tears during having a fun

and let our losses give a value to our gains.


If a baby can smile without first knowing pain

and reach for us without first feeling rejection

then how can we justify or even try to explain

using for a balsam others' love and affection.


Our fear of dying with so many of its faces

makes fear of living its constant flip-side

with so many tears shed in embraces

and opposite values harbored inside.

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