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This is a poem regarding how I feel, in general, about my life today and in looking back over the years. It is about the solitude that is experienced in life and knowing that there is no other way.

The Darkness

If only it were so simple,
to cruise through life smelling roses;
but the obstacles blacken the countryside,
and we unwittingly crush them beneath our boots.

Dreams sustain us through the madness;
goals give a finish line to our race.
Yet they change with every turn, around every wall,
and remain elusive throughout the quest.

Mistakes are made, and regrets are our luggage;
we will drag them with us to slow us down.
The victories are flashes of light, sudden and unlasting, which allow us
to glimpse the road ahead before darkness descends.

Love is bitter, yet it is the bread that keeps us.
Over and over it fills us up, only to starve us.
The people whom we love shape our destinies and our strengths,
yet leave us cold and alone in the darkness.

There are others trying to race to the end;
occasionally, we bump into one or two.
The bonds we form help us down the path less lonely
but eventually, we lose each other in the darkness.

Alone is not a bad way to be;
it clears your head and focuses you on the journey.
Cherish the short intervals during the quest you have with others,
but be prepared to walk alone in the darkness.
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52 Visitor Comments

This is a very touching poem, i relatre to it. I'm so happy someone is understanding the same consept of life that i am.
This poem has such meaning! I think it is unique, because it can fit several different aspects of many peoples lives.
This poet mind me about my life same time and that how I feel like most of the time when my father think he is better then everybody around him.
This poem really speaked to me i seem to feel like those roses latelty that r being trampled so i can really relate to this poem gratz to u Christinia
Actually it says about the strength of the lonelyness. I Really liked it.
I do see some philosophy in this poem, though I do see that it is written after an experience that distorted the writer’s life and way of accepted wisdom, For me it gives confer that only numbered people feel the same … It touches the shield of our hearts Living yet lifeless … AnGeL!
really wonderful poem , touches me so much
I very much enjoyed this poem. It is such a touchingly true story of a persons life. Friends may come but they don't always stay is such a true statement. That part especially rang true with me because Im afraid I'm drifting apart from someone who was such a great friend in the past. Well I will blabber no longer, I leave with one last statement- This is a great poem!
I like this it him home
I can't tell you how much this poem means to me. This is what has happened to me. I have read this poem countless times only to discover new meanings. I have been looking for a poem that fits my life, and I thank God for someone special as you to have written about a life that has mirrored my own. God has touched me through your poem. Thank You so Much!
i have been through soome rough times in the past months and i am just glad to feel that i am not the only one that feels this way thanks to this poem inpreticular i feel like there is just a bit more hope to hold on while i take the lonely road once again thanks Toasty
Well written in every way. even made me come to tears. GREAT POEM!
this poem is soo sad but i like it. It touched me in my sad hear and remind me the reason that I've leaved my boyfriend. I like it.
this is how i have lived most of my life alone and sad wanting to end it all but you are right to just keep walking is better than stoping
when i read this poem (the darkness) i felt as if the auther is talking about me,this poem is very real and touches deeply
I like this a lot.
This is a very personal poem. I felt as though it was written from my own thoughts. I just lost an extremely close friend and her words echo my feelings. beautiful poem
so true.
Life is a sad, lonely journey. Christinia has described it beautifully in her poem. Shame that people are so busy trying to succeed in life, that they forget that success is measured by how many lives you have touched.
i loved this poem, it's not depressing to me it's realistic, i mean life really is a roller coaster of ups and downs but the downs seem to outweigh the ups and she totally gets that and i loved it b/c of that.
My vote is the poem is very moving and relaxing feel to. It keeps my focus of clarity within the moment. My opinoin its very good.
you are a great writer beacuse this poem was cool
truely wonderful. i really liked this, it wasa so honest. i can relate to this and it is so true. thank you.
this was an awesome poem, great job. It made alot of sense, and I felt a great sense of release knowing that someone feels how i do
This poem is beautiful, it related to me a lot, and i'm sure it did for a lot of people. Keep on keepin on. You are an awesome poet.
I like your poem. So much emotion was wrote into it that i can relate too
I think there is a lot of truth to the peom. We don't want to be alone, and if we are then our quest is to find some one, but if we only took a moment to relize that being alone can be mind freeing, and good for the soul. I enjoyed this poem very much (:
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this poem. I believe that sometimes i feel the same way. I was reasearching poems for a homework assignmeant and out of a lot, yours truly benefitted me the most. Thank you and keep up the beautiful work!
yeh i feel you its so dame true what you wrote. look i love the way you put you poem together so i say to you kep your head up and continue to inspier peole with the poems you create in this life time. much love to you frm the thug princess keep up the good work you got it.
I think this poem really demonstrated what life is really all about
I found this poem accidentally - accidentally? - and it immediately struck me. It says very precisely what goes on inside me every single day.
I felt every word as if it were my own.
i thought this was brilliantly written. some people find it really difficult to decribe true lonliness with elloquence, but you pulled it off. i loved it
Ilove this poem. Ineeded tofind one for my Language arts class that I really liked and I picked this one! Good job on it
dead birds
I can relate to this poem
This poem shows a real understanding of how we can all feel the road is long and lonely at times even when there are other people in our lives and around us.
i like it
this poem made me cry i loved it! i think that this poem could win an award(sorry im not very good at these little speaches)
i love this poem i can relate to it alot this poem basically is my life story but a little smoother
Christinia--stunning work, truly. I especially enjoyed your use of analogies. Upon reading your the first stanza of your submission, I felt whole-heartedly enlightened. You truly have a unique perspective on the world, and countless others could benefit by merely reading your words--your message. Please, continue your outstanding work
The Darkness is such a wonderful poem. I completely understand where you are coming from! You are an exceptional writer and should continue to record your feelings and dreams. Thank you for helping me realize that I have not been alone in The Darkness!
This poem is very beautiful, very touching, that is how life is. Never be afraid to walk in the darkness, for that is God Himself. God Bless you. Keep writing
Christinia in your work The Darkness you have a lot of good points that you make. I think that it is a very good poem it dwells on the dark side of life and how it is lived. I would like to see more of your work I think we share the same views in our writing.
Simply TRUE WONDERFUL HONEST I can totally relate. TALENT and TRUTH is what You have shown here!
this is a very good sums up just how life is. it really brightens my day
Outstanding, people have seemed to forget how to put emotion in what they write but you did and in an unbelievable way. bravo!
I loved this poem so much. very well written
Christinia - I'm sorry, but I feel I must tell you this, because I see something in your work that I can't quite define. I'm really not one to judge, but I see potential in The Darkness, that you did not use. Poetry is more than meaning. It is animation to that which is not alive; it is structured; it has ryhthm, and (in my opinion) it has rhyme. It takes work to write structured, metered, rhymed poetry. Lots of work. The Darkness has meaning and depth, and I think it's good. But somehow, I see in your words, you can do more. I think too many good writers, or those with the very real potential of being good writers, fall into the "easy" way that seems to be so acceptable now as modern poetry. Forgive the frankness. Mike Gibbs
I loved this poem. everything you said is so true

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