set free

There is
joy in sorrow
sorrow in joy
life ends in bittersweet
taste of salt and sugar
bitter root of anger

preach forgiveness
they may, gladly walk away,
while you drown in tears
knowing tomorrow
you shall wake
witness heart ache

if we only
celebrate the joy
the beauty seen
we miss the buried
hope, met with tragedy
dismiss humanity’s frailty.

i have known both
learned the wisdom
of laughter to heal
all while tears shield my eyes
from knowing the unknown lies

to tell tales,
a gift I hope
a witness to the only
strength that remains
until  I too shall pass away to where grief no longer stains.



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