Life Keeps Trying to Knock Me Down

Life keeps trying to knock me down,

With problems thrown my way.

It makes me wear a fitful frown,

As blue skies turn to grey.


I've taken knocks all through the years,

But still I battle on.

Pleasures often plagued with fears

Are what I feed upon.


Tarnished dreams still have their place

In this imperfect world.

A smile can still caress my face

When triumph is unfurled.


Two steps forward, one step back,

Is how it often goes.

I compensate for what I lack

By keeping on my toes!


Life keeps trying to knock me down,

And sometimes it succeeds.

But I can take and break that frown

By tempering my needs!


Copyright © Robert Haigh 2017



 

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Cascade's picture

Awesome picture of the light

Awesome picture of the light rays above the darkness.  I'm assuming it inspired this testimony of enduring and rising. Tempering needs is like living in the present...being in the Now, as Buddha, Rumi, and Tolle, put it. Giving it to God, I suppose the Christians would say. It's a strength to be satisfied...in making it your choice.  I like this a lot. It's a fact and a simple truth,  anyone can relate to it, and it's beautifully written.

Silver_Birch's picture

Thank you

Thank you for the visit, and the comments. I wrote the poem first, and then selected a photo from my files to go with it. But sometimes it does work the other way around. Glad you enjoyed the read!

WILLIAM377KEITH's picture

Now that's POETRY.HONEST and

Now that's POETRY.HONEST and HUMBLE

Silver_Birch's picture

Thanks

Thank you. Glad you liked it.

word_man's picture

just life for us all

just life for us all


ron parrish

Silver_Birch's picture

True

True, we all face such things. Thank you for reading and commenting.

word_man's picture

you`re welcome

you`re welcome


ron parrish

allets's picture

Stay

on your toes! The next thing is always about to happen. :D

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Silver_Birch's picture

Thanks

We always need to stay on our toes! Thanks for reading and commenting.

allets's picture

Those Dark Clouds

with a hint of sun beneath - accompanies poem perfectly. 

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