Mike Barrett

Freshman - 671 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

Reflection I - Poem by Mike Barrett

Unhappiness.
Sorrow.
Grief.
Remorse -
These are not yours alone,
You have no monopoly!

They
Are the carbon
That has made
My iron
Steel!


© M. Barrett – all rights reserved


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Every life brings with it negative experiences not just positive ones. These experiences are there to teach us, and, when optimally processed, to strengthen us. This poem was written in the mid-'60s following a reflection on how my father's drinking, carousing, and abusive behavior affected my mother, my seven siblings, and myself. Ultimately such behaviors brought me closer to God and gifted me with tremendous inner strength.

Comments about Reflection I by Mike Barrett

  • Gold Star - 9,885 Points Heather Wilkins (11/26/2013 6:45:00 AM)

    this poem carries truths of life. Overcoming the negative makes us stronger people. nicely written (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 18, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013


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