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All of us must find ways to endure life defining tragedies, surviving the pain of horrific world events, family lost and the lack of understand that follows. It's all par for the course in this dog eat dog world of self gratification.

I’ve Lived a Life


I’ve lived a life of Joy and Struggle, 

I’ve trudged over Hardship and Pain,

I know the feeling of Love and Grace. 

I’ve lived a life Dear Lord, I’ve lived A life.


A life of family love and family lost, 

There are no words to describe the holes in my soul, 

But there are also no words to describe the

Fulfillment of my Spirit. 

Words can not speak to the Darkness 

That plagued my Humanity, 

Or the renewal of rebuilt Self Love. 


Great lost can bring Great Darkness, 

Great misunderstanding and insecurity 

To those loved ones Unfulfilled. 

Life is a short shooting star in time, 

Often waisted by those who Live it. 

We should all try to see to the needs of others, 

Before the wants of Ourselves. 


Yes, I’ve lived a life, 

A life that to some may seem stern, 

Overreaching, even harsh, but given the 

Circumstances dealt, necessary for survival. 

We All must learn a lesson from the lemons 

That rain on the lives we live.

Some lessons are hard fought, 

But it’s a fight that cannot be backed down.


Because life is what you make it, 

Be Tormented by it, or embrace it and LIVE it.

I’ve Lived a Life Dear Lord, I’ve lived a life,

I’ve created it and I’ve lost it, 

Been haunted and nurtured by it.

But most of all, I’ve been blessed to live it,

Thank you for this life you’ve given me.


Submitted: January 10, 2023

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Powerful and moving.

Tue, January 10th, 2023 3:42pm


Thank you Diamonheart, and thanks for the read...

Tue, January 10th, 2023 10:24am


Great poem. Kinda reminds me of a church sermon.

Fri, January 13th, 2023 5:50pm


Thanks Charliemmurph, that's a great compliment.

Fri, January 13th, 2023 10:22am


You're welcome!

Fri, January 13th, 2023 6:28pm

judith layne Jerdé

CigarGuy1, your poem “I’ve Lived a Life,” pretty much sums it all up. Dispite life’s trials, tribulations, hardships, and pain we never want it to end! Life is blessing and so are your words.

Sun, January 15th, 2023 3:36am


Thank you Judith my dear, I appreciate you, your comment makes me blush, although no one can tell. Thank you again.

Sat, January 14th, 2023 9:47pm


Good call man thank goodness (-:

Mon, January 30th, 2023 8:20pm


Thank you.

Mon, January 30th, 2023 5:20pm

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