Famous Life Poem

In this poem, the speaker is considering giving up on life, but he can’t go through with it. He finds that since he hasn’t died, he has something to live for. This poem has a strong sense of structure. It’s made up of single lines and quatrains with the ABCB rhyme scheme.

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Everyone is born for a purpose, but we forget that in pursuit of money. Then God gifted me with poetry and uses it as a medium to educate people, and in each of my poems there is a story...

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Life Is Fine

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I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died.

     

But it was      Cold in that water!      It was cold!


I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.

   
But it was      High up there!      It was high!


So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love—
But for livin' I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry—
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

   
Life is fine!      Fine as wine!      Life is fine!

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  • by Jaskaran S. Sethi
  • 1 month ago

Everyone is born for a purpose, but we forget that in pursuit of money. Then God gifted me with poetry and uses it as a medium to educate people, and in each of my poems there is a story involving my own experiences that inspires people never to give up and have faith in yourself and most importantly God. Poetry is an elixir that is heart-warming and transforming, and the essence of life is beautifully being captured. Hats off to all my poet friends for making an earnest effort in bringing a change to this world. Keep inking and keep inspiring.

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