Sunday, 25 November 2012

Dear life

Dear life.
Where do I start?

There've been days I wish there weren't
And weeks I'd love to live again
Months of turmoil and hurt
Years of joy, even in rain

Times of friendship and fun
With those I'd like to see once more
And periods of painful heartbreak
When my soul felt weary and sore

Dear life I've learned to take
Each day just as it comes
To pray I'll come through unscathed
With the help of Jesus the son

My advice to anyone in pain
Is to hang in there until there's change
To ask for help and admit your need
Things will change, take my lead

This poem was written for the poetry jam challenge entitled "best sellers"

We were asked to pick a book from the New York Times bestseller list and write a poem with the same title. 

My choice was:
DEAR LIFE, by Alice Munro. (Knopf.) A new collection of stories, some “autobiographical in feeling.” number 15 in the New York Times bestseller list for hardback fiction.

I can't wait to see what everyone else writes.


Mary said...

Hi Emma, so glad you discovered Poetry Jam! I enjoyed your poem. I liked the title of the book you chose, and I think it is a great idea to write a "Dear Life" poem. Though life may be difficult,I do think that it IS good to hang in there and one will find a way through. Also, to ask for help, which is not always easy but which is an important step!

Mary Ann Potter said...

A lovely response to the prompt! Life has so many moments. God's grace makes them all important.

my heart's love songs said...

i love your take on "Dear Life" ~ we have no choice except to take the bad with the good, but how we deal with those down times does make a difference, doesn't it?

thank you for participating at Poetry Jam!


Margaret said...

Honestly, this is a prayer as well! The first three stanzas we can all relate to, I think... but not all take the final steps to lead us to happiness.


Brian Miller said...

amen...we take it as it comes...we are not promised an easy life...but i find approaching it humbly, with expectation as well...and def with a little makes it a whole lot easier...smiles.

Helen said...

'Dear Life, where do I start' ... the perfect words to begin your poem. I enjoyed this.