Treasure Island

jim foulk

(july 7,1943 / des moines iowa)

Always someone worse


There are times we feel,
like giving up,
empty, drawn out,
life not worth living,
abused, beaten, raped,
nelected, pushed away,
not loved, not wanted,
you can't run away from your problems,
because, where ever you go,
you have to take you with you,
theres a new tomorrow,
things brighter,
happy times will come,
Always someone worse
I was sad cause i had not shoes,
until i saw someone with no feet.
Always someone worse
I was unhappy because i had,
verry little to eat, until
someone i saw with no food to eat,
so remember, no matter how,
bad it is,
Always someone worse
With a new year almost here,
things will be better,
than before, so have,
hope, faith, march on,
into the new year, trusting,
good things, the new year,
will bring.

wrote 12-31-06

Submitted: Sunday, December 31, 2006
Edited: Friday, December 17, 2010

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  • Amanda Lukas (1/31/2007 12:18:00 PM)

    I think it's a fantastic idea for a poem. There's always someone who doesn't have it quite as good as you. It brings one of my favorite epicurus quotes to mind:

    'Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

    I feel like you might have slightly overused commas in an attempt to add a pausing effect. Just a thought! (Report) Reply

  • Karen Clements (1/20/2007 6:34:00 PM)

    Think this is something we all should think about Jim! We need to count our blessings! ! Karen x (Report) Reply

  • Newo Enec (1/13/2007 7:13:00 PM)

    this is so down to earth, so honest and hopeful. i felt like i had faith in what i had again.
    -Newo (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (1/11/2007 10:23:00 PM)

    Jim>>>Words of stark truism, indeed....and you are rightabout takin you w/you, cuz, no matter how annoyed i get with myself at times, i can't seem to get away from the problem! lol! Solid crafting, Jim...
    ~ F. j. R. ~ (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (1/10/2007 9:35:00 PM)

    I like your line 'you have to take you with you'. A sensitively written honest poem and a timely reminder to all of us. It's about perception, not reality. Some of the happiest people in the world are the poorest. Thanks for posting this Jim. love, Allie xxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • Jerry Hughes (1/9/2007 11:32:00 PM)

    ...spot on Jim, there's always someone worse off than you'll ever be -'brother can you spare a dime? ' (Report) Reply

  • Diane Violet (1/5/2007 11:37:00 AM)

    Thoughts of hope and thankfulness for what we do have. Nicely done Jim! .....Diane (Report) Reply

  • jack russell (1/1/2007 5:55:00 AM)

    A fine philosophy, jim...we often don't realise just how lucky we are. Top stuff :)
    Happy New Year
    jack :) (Report) Reply

  • Charley60 K (12/31/2006 5:01:00 PM)

    This was an awesome write and very true. Sometimes when we're down and out and not quite ourselves we tend to forget that things can be worse, and that there is always someone worse than we are.

    A very good write.... (Report) Reply

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