Inspirational Poem

True Happiness Comes Through Struggle And Pain

As I reflect on what has brought, and continues to bring, true and lasting happiness in my life, it tends to be after moments of struggle, difficulty and pain. Simple joys and immediate gratification are great, but often shallow and fleeting. And while we don't always need to rely on others to find true happiness, I know I have benefited greatly by their strength and support. Easy to lose sight during the difficult moments, which is why I opted to repeat it three times. Maybe others can relate.

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A Rainbow Appears Only After The Rain

Doug W Benson © more by Doug W Benson

Published by Family Friend Poems May 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

through struggle and pain,
As a rainbow appears
only after the rain.

It's how reaching a summit
takes your time and your breath,
But once with the clouds
it was worth every step.

And for muscles to strengthen
a breakdown's required,
Painful wearing and tearing
and fibers rewired.

As with bone that's been broken
and realigned once more,
How often the after
is stronger than the before.

A synergistic principle's
alive in our hearts,
Where joy is now greater
than the sum of its parts.

through struggle and pain,
As a rainbow appears 
only after the rain.

Though, at times, we may ask
while engulfed in our fears,
"Is the outcome really worth
all this blood, sweat and tears?"

But with one simple glance
to our left and our right,
We see warriors beside us
to help fight the fight.

Surrounded by those
who knows what it takes,
They augment our talents
and forgive our mistakes.

Oh, the joy that is found
when we all come together,
Through trials and triumphs
in good and bad weather.

It's no hologram, fantasy, mirage
or unknowing
It's tangible, achievable
if we just keep on going

through struggle and pain,
As a rainbow appears
only after the rain.



Doug William Benson has been a practicing physical therapist since 2007. His areas of interest and expertise are in geriatric and neurological rehabilitation including stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. His newfound love for poetry and expressive writing comes from the recent rediscovery of various poems he wrote in junior...

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