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A World Without Hope
by Chip Bergeron

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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A friend once told me I write my best stuff when depressed. I didn't submit this when I wrote it in August, but it's time. If my friend is right thisd is possibly a decent poem.

A WORLD WITHOUT HOPE

 

I’ve lost my imagination:

My hopes, my dreams, my fantasies;

My what if’s and if onlys and somedays

Buried under an avalanche of freezing reality

That blows down out of the north like a winter blizzard

Covering all my maybes and I hope so’s.

 

I have a new friend now,

Cold and hard as the grave,

Final, and just as inescapable.

I wanted so much; maybe too much,

I never thought so, but all my life

I’ve been told not to wish for what I wanted most,

Because I was never getting it.

Why should that change now?

 

The spark has gone out,

The one that says keep trying

I can’t fight inevitability. I know

I can’t control other peoples’ agendas,

My prayers bounce off the ceiling back at me, mocking.

Why do some people seem to get every desire of their hearts,

And others only get the manure pit?

 

So what’s left? Why go on?

I’ve never been a fan of self-destruction.

I’ll muddle through, I will. That’s all some of us

Have to hold on to. It’s not much, but it’s everything.

The new reality says to put one foot in front of the other,

Take my medicine, And live the best way I can

In a world without hope.

 

-August 3, 2011

Chip Bergeron

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Tom Hyland 2/8/2012
DEAR CHIP ... A FINE POEM ... ALL YOU NEED IS ...

A SWIFT 'KICK IN THE ARSE'!

We all have 'mood swings' - it's Human - it's Natural. When a 'bad day' hits, or we are 'down in the doldrums' - there is a very simple answer at that particular moment in time ... LIFE SUCKS!

DUH? However, a 'shitty' day, week, month, or even year ...
is a HELLUVA lot better than 'the Alternative' - isn't It?

"HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL!" ... "WHERE THERE'S LIFE - THERE'S HOPE!"

I did my very best to always teach my two children that HAPPINESS COMES FROM WITHIN! External Persons, Places, or Things can NOT make you HAPPY. It is a State of Mind - it is Achievable, but may require some Effort, or Work! It's a 'YOU CAN DO IT' state of mentality! Sure - SHIT HAPPENS! 'Get Over It!'

Very little in Life is constantly STATIC. Each & Every day, Each & Every one of us, who is 'Above Ground' is in a constant state of FLUX, or Change!

Millions, perhaps Billions, of NEW CELLS are growing in our bodies, Each & Every Day! The 'Old Suckers' are being 'sluffed off' in our bed-sheets every night. UGH!

This fact certainly applies to Brain Cells also! But, They're on the Pillow!

Part of The 'SECRET' - if there IS one - is also very simple, working to find a 'happy' or 'workable' Balance between MANIA - Positive Thinking - everything is just 'Ducky' ... and DEPRESSION - Negative Thinking - ALAS! WOE IS ME!

Maybe it's like we're walking a constant 'Tight-Rope' - BUT - We Have a Balance Bar always with us ... my own little version of a 4-H Club ...

HOPE - HAPPINESS - HARD WORK - HYPE ... All generated from Within!

Now, if'n you Happen to Have - Halitosis, or Hemorrhoids -
yer in a Different CLUB!

That's my 'Two-Cents' Worth Story ... and I'm Stickin' To IT! ...

Peace, Friend!




Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/8/2012
One of the best ways to get on depression is to express it. And you have expressed yours very well. I went through years of muddling through. Always writing my thoughts. Eventually I reached a place where nothing fazed me and I was ready to face the world no matter what it threw at me.

I hope you reach the same.

Ron
Reviewed by jude forese 2/8/2012
your write your stuff when you're depressed but believe it or not that's when your emotions are rising toward their zenith ,,,, your poem is lucid and expresses your emotional state at that time with precision and philosophical exhilaration ...
Reviewed by Richard King 2/7/2012
Chip, in my opinion, your friend is right on several counts.... First, this is definitely a decent poem. Secondly, whether it's depression, love, loss of love, or some other strong emotion, they often bring out the best of our writing talents.

Your "...what if’s and if onlys and somedays... as well as your ... maybes and I hope so’s..." are strong emotions as well. WRITE ABOUT THEM!!!! Write about anything, as long as you keep writing. I can't tell you that it will take away your pain, but it certainly helped me to deal with mine long enough for TIME to do its thing.

In the beginning, the goal is to get through today, but eventually you start looking forward to tomorrow. Then you go on from there.

Hang in there, buddy and don't be afraid to talk or write about it.

Dick

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/7/2012
Decent is quite the understatement. Since writing is an emotional endeavor, it is only natural that strong emotional times extract thoughts that may otherwise be swept aside, even though they desperately need to be examined. This is what you have done here. Your continued writing will dilute the pain and each time you look at your situation from a slightly different perspective the healing process will advance. Hang in there Chip, and keep posting your work. Patrick
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 2/7/2012
I think we have an extra edge when in certain states of mind...and you have captured something special here...Keep on asking for what you want...you just might get it...
Peace, Diana...
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 2/7/2012
Very decent and deserving poem, Chip. I know it's got to be setting in right about now your loss of Susan, (we miss her) but stay in the poetry field for her...it's perhaps her muse pushing you forward. It's probably what she'd want for you...keep on keepin' on.

Love,
Sage



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