Treasure Island

Mark R Slaughter


But Don't Despair


Despair, if you must –
But how's it going to pull you through?
Despair, when you trust
Naught since then there's naught to do.
Despair, should you thrust
Aside your pride, your self-esteem.
And so despair, if it's dust,
The only substance that you deem.
Despair, when a gust
Of slightly breeze can break your stance.
And do despair, when lust
Is your interpretation of romance.

But don't despair, if you can care
About the plight of any other being.
And you can focus on the help,
Support, and altruistic further actions
For the seeing. Be believing,
As despair will start receding
All around – simply since you found
A way to steer you clear
From this: the very cause of your despair!

So give to others; give them all a helping lift:
Despair, you'll find will disappear –
And that has got to be a well-deserved
And saintly gift!


Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2009










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Submitted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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  • Alison Cassidy (4/18/2009 8:59:00 PM)

    Your advice is exemplary. Your poem is well structured with a real feel for rhyme and rhythm. Your conclusion is spot on. Definitely worth a second read. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (4/16/2009 2:34:00 AM)

    So give to others - give them all a helping lift:
    Despair, you'll find will disappear -
    And that has got to be a well-deserved
    And saintly gift!

    You have conveyed a very bright message in this well worded poem. A saintly gift indeed..........10. (Report) Reply

  • Marie Shine (4/15/2009 4:15:00 PM)

    I like this poem VERY much Mark.It is full of hope and most uplifting.Giving us free lessons in how to lose our despair, if we choose to heed them. It is very well written and from the heart.A well deserved 10+++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Lynda Robson (4/15/2009 4:04:00 PM)

    Nice uplifting poem Mark, others problems can make our own look small,
    10
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

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