Beauty For Ashes (Letting Go of Sadness)

Sadness overwhelming

Can capture the vulnerable soul

It creeps in silently when guards are down

It highlights life’s endless travesties

Committed against the soul in times gone by

The soul is thrust into grievious grief

An endless free fall into darkest darkness


Sadness wraps its dark hands tightly around

A stranglehold on the valve of life

The little light that gave some joy and hope

Begins to get dimmer, soon overpowered

Sadness can cover like a cloak

Anything that keeps the soul alive

The weary pilgrim can hardly take another step

Sadness can make that soul curse the day

The day it entered this place called earth.


Sadness listens not to reasonable reason

It will not be assuaged by logical logic

It grips tenaciously and won’t let go

Dragging victims into deepest darkness

Where they long for the escape of even death

Where life looses its very taste

Smiles are foreign entities sent to tease

Meaningless and powerless against the tide


Sadness has forced many dignified hands

To extinguish hope and long to end a life

Sadness is an enemy, a deadly disease

Gaining ground like a virulent virus

It infects every colour with blackest tar

And leaves lives panting at the edge of hell’s abyss

One more minute in its grip is sheer torment

Many, even great ones choose to rather die


We can’t give in to this secret enemy

Who forces many to wallow in the mire

Of yesterday’s disappointments

And betrayals never avenged

It makes us feel like locked-up victims

And yes we often really are the victims

But that is just the start of the story

There’s more but better yet to unfold

We remain locked – up as we look behind us

When our true worth is but hidden ahead


So no one loves you now, Perhaps they don’t.

So life has been unfair, Perhaps it still is

If it’s truly no fault of yours, and even if it is

The past has no real hold on you today

It owes you debts it can never pay

No matter how hard you think and crave

Forgive it’s hurts and betrayals inflicted

And rather turn around towards the future

Many loves unseen await you there

Unfairness will bend over backwards to be fair to you

But only in the future if you let yourself live


Don’t give up now and die unloved

Reach out and live for others lost like you

Your life will have new meaning soon

Sadness will ease its stranglehold on you

And up the tunnel you will climb

Towards the light that never grows dim

It beckons now, please pay heed to it

It wants to give you beauty for your ashes


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